Five new cases of Ebola and a second death from the disease have been confirmed in Lagos. Nigerian officials say that a nurse who treated Nigeria’s first Ebola patient, Patrick Sawyer, two weeks ago died on Tuesday.
The new cases are all health workers who treated Sawyer, a Liberian-American who was en route from Liberia to Nigeria for an economic development conference. They are all in isolation in a Lagos hospital.
“We need to work with each state government to establish isolation wards in readiness for any eventuality,” Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nigerian Minister of Health is reported to have said.
According to VOA News, Chukwu says the government is establishing a 24-hour-a-day Ebola command center. It is also working to prepare hospitals around the country in case the disease spreads.