Nigerian doctor dies of Ebola in oil hub Port Harcourt

By Irengbam Jenny | Last Updated: Aug 28, 2014, 15:37 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Irengbam Jenny

Lagos: In Nigeria's oil industry hub of Port Harcourt, a doctor has died from Ebola fever in the first case of the deadly virus.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Thursday said, that the doctor died on August 22 after he was infected by a Liberian-American man who brought the virus into Nigeria and died in a Lagos hospital on July 25.

"Following the report of this death by the doctor's widow the next day, the case had been thoroughly investigated and laboratory analysis showed that this doctor died from EVD (Ebola Virus Disease)," Health Minister told reporters in Abuja.

With a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent, Ebola has become a matter of grave concern. The deadly and dreaded disease has induced panic all over the world.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths reported in the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria so far.