In a statement issued by the Cross River State government of Nigeria titled, “No Ebola in Cross River State” said they had confirmed that Nigeria was still free from the virus as declared by the United Nations.
However, the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) said it was still awaiting the result of the test conducted on a patient who died from what the hospital sources described as “hemorrhagic fever.”
According to officials of the teaching hospital, laboratory tests have ruled out Ebola and Lassa fever as the cause of death of a 21-year-old male student simply identified as Eyamba, who died in Calabar, the federal health ministry said.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute said further tests were ongoing to ascertain the cause of his death.
Speaking to the press, Awute said results from the tests were expected as early as today, and would quash the latest Ebola scare to hit Nigeria.
Awute said: “It is very clear that it has nothing to do with Lassa fever and has nothing to do with Ebola. But it is also good to isolate the strain and find out what is it, if it is not Lassa fever and it is not Ebola. You have to understand that yes, it is not Lassa fever and it is not Ebola, but what is it? But the scare of Ebola is off.”
Also, 15 health workers and 8 patients who had direct or indirect contact with the diseased are currently being quarantined.
Meanwhile, other hospital workers were provided with thermometers to monitor their temperature twice daily.
Awute stated that “the blood sample collected from the patient was taken to Irrua Lassa Fever Specialist Hospital Laboratory for confirmation of hemorrhagic fever disease that included Ebola Virus, Lassa fever, Dengue Fever and other viruses.
A Rapid Response Team (RRT) from the NCDC/National Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP) headed by Dr. Debola Olayinka was deployed within 24 hours to the hospital specifically on the 8th of October 2015.
There have been widespread reports of an Ebola case on social media across Nigeria but the latest developments show that the death was not as a result of the deadly Ebola Viral Disease (EVD).