Nigeria has confirmed two new Ebola cases, the first two to have spread beyond those who had direct contact with the ill traveler from Liberia.The two are spouses of caregivers who treated Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, both of whom later died.
Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says the two new cases are spouses of patients who had direct contact with Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others before he died. None were infected on any of the flights he took. The new cases bring the total number of confirmed infections in Nigeria, including Sawyer, to 14. Chukwu says five patients have died, five have recovered and four are being treated in Lagos. The World Health Organization says Ebola has infected 2,500 people in West Africa and killed 1,350 of them.
- The Associated Press
First published August 22 2014, 7:15 AM