Uncontrollable Ebola Outbreak Spreads to Fourth African Country
The relentless Ebola outbreak in West Africa has intensified over the weekend, permeating borders and placing several nations on red alert.
The disease reached Nigeria
on Saturday, when a Liberian official died shortly after landing in Lagos airport. Though his ability to board the plane while sick is worrisome for officials, the first goal for health workers is to contain the disease. If Ebola were to spread in the cramped, heavily populated city of Lagos, it would mean one more major disaster the region can't afford, said Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu.
In response, Chukwu told the Associated Press, all other passengers on the official's flight have been traced and tracked, and that the country has placed added surveillance at "all ports of entry in Nigeria, including airports, seaports, and land borders." The city has also shut down the hospital where the official had been taken after landing.
More than 1,500 miles away, a Sierra Leone woman who had fled the hospital after testing positive for the virus died after turning herself in Saturday, becoming the first registered Ebola case in the country's capital city of Freetown. The city is particularly vulnerable, as it houses no laboratories or treatment centers for the disease.