Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday, when reporting on the latest tragic development in the wost ever Ebola outbreak to sweep through west Africa, namely that the head doctor tasked with containing the virus had himself contracted it, we commented that the "only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet." That may not be the case for much longer following an update earlier today by Reuters that a Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

This would be the first recorded case of one of the world's deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and most populous nation, with 170 million people and some of Africa's least adequate health infrastructure.


A Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.


A spokesman for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva confirmed Nigeria had "one suspect case" and said samples had been sent to a WHO lab for testing.


"The Nigerian Ministry of Health has implemented control measures in the meantime," he told Reuters.

And the worst part: the man was at the airport when he was intercepted:

The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man had collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday. He was rushed to hospital and put in an isolation ward, she said.


"The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion of possible EBV (Ebola virus) infection, while blood sample collection and testing was initiated," she said in her statement, adding that "results are pending."


Ben Neuman, a virologist and Ebola expert at Britain's University of Reading, said it was important to note that Ebola is one of a number of viruses that can cause hemorrhagic fever, and that others, including Lassa fever virus and Dengue virus, could turn out to be the diagnosis in this case.


"Some of these other, more common hemorrhagic fever viruses have already been the cause of false alarms in the ongoing west African Ebola outbreak," Neuman told Reuters in London.


"For now, it is important that we wait for the lab results on the patient in Lagos," he added. "Even if Ebola is confirmed, this will be a cause for concern, not panic. Ebola spreads slowly, and can be contained by quarantining suspected cases immediately in hospitals."

Soothing words aside, what is worse is that, if indeed confirmed that he has been infected, the scramble will now begin to find and quarantine any and all other people he may have been in contact with in recent weeks, a task which in a city of over 20 million - the world's fourth most populous city after Being and above Istanbul - will be like finding a rational thinker in the Princeton economics department.

And where things get really dicey is if any of those infected people were among the passangers who were at the Lagos airport at the time, and somehow managed to get on a plane in the last few days and departed for destinations unknown. At that point a watching of the 1995 Ebola thriller "Outbreak" may be in order.

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Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Ebola.  Sounds like a dance.

Mike in GA's picture

There are direct flights daily from Lagos to NYC.  It won't take long to experience hell in this country if ebola gets in. 

knukles's picture

You can't go to Tel-aviv because you might get shot.  They can come here from Lagos, because it's bio-warfare on the American public which necessitates martial law....  Plus to ban transportation between NYC and Lagos would be... um... uh... it would ah... be ah.... racist and uh....  then I'd get interrupted on my uh.... campaign circuit and er...

Why all the money raising?
Down-payment on the hose and a big ass muni portfolio to pay the mortgage.


Buck Johnson's picture

I have a feelling it's going to get here also.



Bad Attitude's picture

I'm waiting for Dear Leader to invite "refugees" fleeing Ebola into the US. Then he can disburse these "refugees" to various cities throughout the country. What could possibly go wrong?

Forward (over the cliff)!

IndyPat's picture

Seems more fair and just....

Decolat's picture

Sounds like shits gettin real

90's Child's picture

I kinda hope it makes it way to more populated areas. Hopefully it makes it to america. We got 50m ~ 70m people unable to take care of themselfs and on food stamps. Let them go first. If me or my family die a martyr to the cause then so be it. At least I was aware and made an effort to prepare.

Stack on.

CrazyCooter's picture

I don't think it will be very discriminatory ... probably not something for which you would want to rationally wish.

Now, on the other hand, if you presuppose you will live and want more oil for yourself, then I suppose I can simply disagree with you on principal rather than logic.



sushi's picture

Wait until ISIS figures out that this is a very cheap way to dispose of infidels. No expense for C4 or timer mechanisms. All you need is someone who is willing to sneeze for the Caliphate.

With a 30 day incubation period and a few airplane flights this would make MH17 look like a holiday package.


goldhedge's picture

I mentioend this a few days ago. Forget missiles.   EBOLA Bomber enters Israel.


Winston Churchill's picture

Just trade some infected blankets with the natives.

Nothing new in this world it seems, we just rediscover old shit.

Juno Rock's picture

Who will be the real "Omega Man"? Charleton Heston can't as he has passed on. 96% fatality rate. 

LFMayor's picture

"He does not bear... The Marks".

knukles's picture


This Shit is of Biblical Proportions and Everybody is Missing the Significance

Cloward-Piven, 4 Horsemen, End of Days ... it's all coming together as forecast.

Paveway IV's picture

Relax, Knukles...

"Ebola in Town" has a drop beat of biblical proportions. 


"...But I like the monkey meat..."

Agent P's picture

"...30 day incubation period..."

This is what makes Ebola a real fucker to contain.

NoDecaf's picture

makes me think of the graphics in the accelerated crash course on the exponential function.


Browndog15's picture

Tom Clancy had this as a theme in one of his books.

He also foretold of the Iran and Iraq merger under one dark flag.

Das Capitalist's picture

That book also started with a 9/11 style plane-as-missile attack on the US Capitol.

tradingdaze's picture

They're more into beheadings and genital mutilation bullshit. Let's get them to D.C.


SilverRhino's picture

Pulled this off a science page so YMMV

The mean incubation period was estimated to be 12.7 days (standard deviation 4.31 days), indicating that about 4.1% of patients may have incubation periods longer than 21 days. 

This will probably make it to the US soon.  


90's Child's picture

I believe there are too many people in this world. Majority of them can't take care of themselves. Do I want them all to die off so I can have the worlds resources? No..

If history / nature taught us anything it's the strongest that survive.
I don't believe humans are the dominate species in the long run cause on a long enough time line......

Why cater to those who are unable or unwilling to take care of themselves.
This just creates what we have today is called socialism.

It shouldn't be everyone dies off. But I think we have this mind set that there will always be someone else to take care of us. (Government, Churches, charities)

Fuck that shit. It eventually brings everyone as a whole down.

The same people that disagree with my beliefs probably feel the boarder should be secure, that we should be sending them home and leaving the door shut.

If people are so concerned bout the Free Shit Army here then we might as well open the doors and let the government take care of everyone else who needs it off the back of hard working people who can take care of themselves.

Fuck this establishment, fuck the FSA, and fuck anyone else who believes that this is a charity. That's not how our country was founded.

You wanna survive? Work for it. Hunt, farm, do what you have to do.

Eventually the train will stop and all those ill prepared will be the first to go.

Agent P's picture

As mentioned above, this disease does not discriminate.  Ebola is not the solution, and if anything would probably make non-FSA members more dependent on the government for containment efforts, etc.  If you want to fix the FSA problem, just stop giving out FS.

90's Child's picture

Comment below explains very logically how ebola is discriminative.

Agent P's picture

Because Japanese people don't sneeze? 

CrazyCooter's picture

Your original post did not convey these ideas, it simplistically presented a "plague" as a solution to the free shit army/socialism/etc. Try to articulate better.

I don't disagree with most if what you just posted, although I tend to use the word fuck and shit a bit less and might quibble about the logical edges.

Once one realizes that the entirety of modern society requires copious amounts of energy which can only come from either fossil fuels or nuclear reactions, one begins to understand much of what we all see today will be gone in a hundred years or so. A plague simply might speed things along because it isn't discriminatory and once it gets going likely won't stop until it burns itself out.

Given the highly specialized nature of modern economies, from energy production, food production, services, manufacturing, transportation, etc, the quickest route to implosion will be the non-discriminatory death of the educated middle class that runs all that shit. One link goes down and the chain ain't worth a pinch of coon shit.

Chill out, have a beer, go for a walk, or find some good folks to surround yourself with. Ain't anything anyone can do to stop what is coming because it is coming one way or the other.



Nick Jihad's picture

A man can reasonably object to compulsory charity, and still practice and promote voluntary charity.

Sudden Debt's picture

Ebola is very discriminatory!!

It is transfered by bodely fluids. Sweat, blood, urine, sperm and selayva.

And if you are clean, and avoid direct contact, you can't be infected.
For example, if it where to hit Japan, the virus wouldn't stand a chance.

And hygiene is very very important here. And what do you know... The more poor people are...

So if it ever where to hit europe or america, don't give people handshakes, and avoid contact at all.
And boil everything.
That's it. It's not airborne so if you avoid contact and keep clean, you're fine.

Abitdodgie's picture

A little known fact that is if you have the blood group that did not originate on this planet then you can be okay with knowing that Ebola will more than likely not kill you (RH neg) along with the Black Death.

Decolat's picture

A lady that picked me up hitchhiking recently was convinced I was an alien hybrid due to my RH neg blood. Along with my red hair/green eyes. Shit made me wonder.


History was written by the 'winners', mostly male-dominator, violent suppresor-type cultures devoted to the voice of heirarchy. Who knows now what really happened waaay back, when history was not a word yet, and myth was in vogue, and the world was innocent and new.


Sudden Debt's picture

Stop watching discovery channel. All that ancient aliens crap... My god... My kids love it... And all i can think of is: crap for ratings.

knukles's picture

Be careful....


HamRove's picture

There are people out there...sociopaths, eugenicists, evil F-ing people who just want the "useless eaters" to die. 

And it is those people who should be locked up, and separated from the rest of the population and includes 90's child.


90's Child's picture

Lol. For my beliefs?

Haha can't arrest an idea.

knukles's picture

Adolph and the Meat Tenderizers did a pretty damned good job of it...
I'd suggest reading the first 175 or so pages of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Only the names and dates have been changed

August's picture

>>>Hopefully it makes it to america.

90's Child is just thinking above his station in life.

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

A mega city of 21 million - if 1/2 of 1 percent die you are talking about 105,000 souls. Pray now!

Surely Obama is on top of this one! Standing ready to cancel air service to the area, quarantine anyone arriving from the country... you know... govern.

icanhasbailout's picture

I didn't move out to the country for nothing... this is just one of many very bad possible scenarios for city folk.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Working remotely from a home office had never looked so good. 

IndyPat's picture

Until a rat shits in your box of Rasin Bran and you pop like a zit a month later from Hantavirus. Look that one up. Almost more fun than Ebola. Its a "country folk" first anyway. Last thing I read about it was an infection in a national park out west in a rented park tent. Bad news.

Or when anthrax blows down wind from your neighbors farm. Thats always fun, too.