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Ebola: 7 Month Old Baby in Kwara Feared to Have Contracted the Virus

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 A 7-month-old baby in Kwara is feared to have contracted Ebola Virus.

The Kwara State Chairman of Ebola Viral Disease Control Committee, Sunday Opabola revealed the news, Punch reports. However, he emphasized that presently, it is just a suspected case. It has not yet been confirmed that the baby has Ebola.

The child was said to be exhibiting “Ebola-like” symptoms, however; those symptoms are also seen with people who have malaria, cholera, lassa fever, and other similar ailments.

According to reports, the child was initially showing signs of malaria. But after receiving treatment for two days and showing no signs of improvement, he was taken to a private paediatric hospital.

Opabola further revealed that after tests were conducted, the doctor at the  hospital diagnosed the baby with “Ebola-like symptoms such as fever, diarrhoea, and vomiting of contents that partly contained blood.”

As a pre-caution, the doctor alerted government authorities about the patient.

The government is said to have temporarily shut down the hospital where the baby was initially admitted to.

Samples from the patient have been taken to two testing centres in Lagos for evaluation – one of which is the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Photo Credit: Joshua Wanyama/Dreamstime.com

25 Comments

  1. Whocares

    August 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    how did the baby gets it?

    • Shao

      August 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Not confirmed if the baby had it or not.

      Would be nice if they confirm these cases before putting the news out.

    • truth be told

      August 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      May u be blessed for this comment…
      These newsmen are a part of the problem too

  2. adesuwa

    August 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    not a child,,,,,,*praying seriously*

  3. Hannah

    August 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    hmmm. Ebola is spreading o. But proper check should be made as to whether or not the baby is positive. Symptoms of malaria and lassa fever are similar to that of Ebola.

  4. Omolara

    August 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    i absolutely agree with you, how did the baby get infected? i presume the chairman does not know what he is saying.

  5. ano

    August 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    all this news that you are spreading. the international news like this because the white folks want as much bad news from nigeria and further castigation of nigerians abroad continue. Do you think foreign countries care if nigerians die. they would rather every nigerian die so they can build another society here

  6. chuka

    August 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Why alarm already-trumatised Nigerians with unproven suspicion?
    Why not wait out the two days to know the result? I suspect it may have to do with all the billion+ budget for the fight of the scourge. God help us. As if Nigerians are not traumatised enough

  7. Unnecessary panic. Its most def not ebola.

  8. shehu aisha

    August 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Dats bad

  9. @edDREAMZ

    August 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Pure lie abeg… Untill confirmation this news is unbelievable…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  10. Eugenia

    August 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Since d it has not been confirmed that d baby has it. Why causing fear around…. I cover d baby wit the BLOOD of JESUS..AMEN

  11. Shallom

    August 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Its not Ebola. Please we need to stop with these craziness. Now everytime someone gets sick, its Ebola. We know how it came initially and areas it could affect. We need to make proper observation, and we also need to run test thorougly before comfirming Ebola. Now everyone that coughs, has a headache, etc might have Ebola…Rubbish. We know Nigerians, we can alienate someone quick for crazy stuff…

  12. Shallom

    August 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Really unnecessary panic….Everyone in Nigeria should be careful, take proper precautions. It is well, but we need to confirm first, before everyone dies of stress with these crazy reports…smh

  13. del

    August 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Before. The Ebola outbreak where people nt having this kind of symptom before, cheap publicity.

  14. SunanaAmina

    August 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Is like the chairman wants to be heard and noticed. Ok, we don hear u sir. How market?

  15. jinkelele

    August 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Cheap publicity, I think the medical professionals need the training jor

  16. oluwatoyin faridat

    August 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Oh! God Almighty please save us in Nigeria,forgive us all our sins ad take control of d diease call Ebola ad d like.Amen

  17. AY

    August 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Na wa o! D fear of ebola is even killing faster than d disease itself. Lord have mercy on us!

  18. sean

    August 16, 2014 at 1:29 am

    God in his infinite mercies show mercy and us protect our loved ones, I rebuke Ebola for this innocent child

  19. Keji

    August 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Sanitize us dear Lord. Show us thy mercy and put outright end to this outbreak.

  20. dups

    August 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    How? God have mercy

  21. papermoon

    August 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Baba in heaven i put dis baby into ur hands no matter wat is ailing her

  22. Pauline

    August 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Sanitize us oh Lord

  23. Benedette Errick

    August 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    This has since been proven as false, though the child is dead but it is due to mismanagement of the malaria in the first hospital. Please all these rumours are worsening the situation and putting innocent lives at risk.

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