US sends medical experts to study how Nigeria tamed Ebola

By Hugo Odiogor, with Agency reports
Stunned by the entrance of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD,
into America, the United States’ Center for Disease Control
and Prevention has despatched its personnel to study how
Nigeria contained the killer disease.
The US reported on Tuesday that
it has discovered a case of EVD in
Dallas, Texas, but its health
officials said “the crisis is under
control and the public has
nothing to fear.”
A statement released by US CDC
Director Tom Frieden said “it’s
clear the nation needs a quick
and thorough response to its first
Ebola patient”
He said although Nigeria was not
completely out of the woods,
“their extensive response to a
single case of Ebola shows that
control is possible with rapid,
focused interventions.” Apart from Nigeria, the US will also
visit Senegal to study its model.
Frieden said “the best practices in Nigeria and Senegal
suggest the U.S. should monitor all individuals who may
have been exposed to Ebola and establish a dedicated
management and response system.”
Senegal has had no new reported cases of Ebola since Sept.
18 while Nigeria has not reported new ones since August 31,
US health officials are expected in Nigeria which it claimed
had the best practices in combating Ebola Virus disease
which entered into Nigeria through Liberian born American
citizen Mr. Patrick Sawyer whose index case was reported on
July 20, 2014. Nigeria is expected to officially announce
today that the remaining two potential Ebola patients will
exit the 21-day observation period.
How Nigeria stopped the spread of Ebola
According to US CDC, “Nigeria’s first reported case of Ebola
surfaced July 20, when Patrick Sawyer landed in Lagos from
Liberia and exposed 72 other passengers to the virus.
Nigeria’s Health officials quickly issued notifications and
tracked everybody who may have been in contact with
“Nigeria also established an Ebola Incident Management
Center to handle the potential outbreak and developed a
staffing plan that executed a social mobilization strategy that
reached more than 26,000 households of people living
around the contacts of Ebola patients,”
The deadly virus has killed more than 3,000 people in Sierra
Leone, Guinea and Liberia in the largest outbreak ever
How Senegal contained Ebola
Senegal confirmed its first Ebola case Aug. 29 after a man,
travelling from Guinea on Aug. 14, took ill and showed
symptoms of the disease. This prompted a quick response,
including an experienced and trained staff that was
prepared to contain the Ebola outbreak. The procedure led
to the identification of 67 contacts who were placed under
quarantine, monitored for 21 days and showed no
symptoms of Ebola.
Panic in America
The man who imported Ebola into US was found to have
travelled to Liberia without informing the authorities and did
not disclose the nature of his ailment to the nurse that
attended to him. Reports from Texas yesterday said that the
Nurse who attended to the man has also taken ill for Ebola
in Texas.
A spokesman for Texas Health Presbyterian said the patient
had walked into a Dallas emergency room on September 26,
without knowing that he contacted the deadly virus and left
after he was treated. He then returned to the facility on
September 28 where it was determined he likely had Ebola
and was isolated. He tested positive Tuesday, health officials
Following the lapse on the part of the hospital officials,
questions are being asked amid panic across the country.
The CDC has thus advised that all medical facilities should
ask for patients with symptoms consistent with Ebola for
their travel history.


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