Ebola scare hits UNICAL as staff, others get quarantined

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From EMMA OBI, Calabar
The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), South-South Nigeria, has quarantined about ten people over Ebola scare which erupted in Calabar on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that following the circumstances that led to the death of a young man in the hospital Wednesday this week, rumours were making the rounds that the young man might have died of the dreaded Ebola disease in the ancient city of Calabar .

Consequently, the university quarantined about ten staff and others who came in contact with the young man before he died.

In a release from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital signed by Dr. Queeneth Kalu, Chairman Medical Advisory Committee on behalf of the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Thomas Agan, the university debunks claims that it was an Ebola case.

‘’On Wednesday 7th of October, 2015, we managed a patient who was presented with symptoms mimicking viral hemorrhagic fever.
Due to the remote chance of it being contagious, we have sent blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts.

The university disclosed further that the National Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health and the Cross River State Government have so far been informed of the development. Others also informed according to the University include the Calabar Municipality and the Department of State Security Services has also been informed.

The Chief Medical Director said further information will be ‘’made available as soon as we receive the result of the samples sent for analysis’’.

It would be recalled that following the dead of a young man in the hospital in the hospital on Wednesday and the circumstances surrounding his dead, speculations were all over Calabar that he might have died of the dreaded Ebola disease.

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