An ECOWAS personnel escaped surveillance and brought Ebola to Port Harcourt
The Rivers state Government has disclosed that the man who evaded surveillance in Lagos and travelled to Port Harcourt after coming in contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian American, who brought the virus to Nigeria, is a personnel of the sub-regional group, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
In a broadcast to the people of Rivers state Thursday, the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, said the ECOWAS diplomat, who he did not name, travelled to Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, after Mr. Sawyer infected him in Lagos. He in turn infected a doctor, Ikechukwu Enemuo, who treated him.
Mr. Amaechi said the ECOWAS official travelled to Port Harcourt the day Mr. Sawyer died in Lagos.
A source said Dr. Enemuo vomited blood repeatedly and passed blood-stained stool before he died. Mr. Enemuo and the wife had a three-month old baby, he said.
It remains unclear whether Dr. Enemuo knew the diplomat was Ebola-positive before he agreed to treat him.
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