Following First Ebola Death Nigeria "On Red Alert", Deploys Specialists To Airports For Containment

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Shortly after our report yesterday that the Liberian man suspected of carrying the Ebola virus has died while quarantined in Nigeria, the local health ministry confirmed that he was indeed the first confirmed Ebola death in the Nigerian city of Lagos, which with a population of roughly 20 million, is the largest city in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. The victim, who worked for the Liberian government, collapsed at Lagos international airport after arriving on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital Lome on Tuesday, according to the Nigerian government. And now the "red alert" scramble begins in Nigeria, with a population fo 170 million, to isolate who else the deceased may have come in contact with.

Citing the health ministry AFP reports that he did not come into contact with the public in Lagos other than health workers before being isolated at the hospital, although it is not quite clear just how Nigeria made that conclusion so rapidly. Perhaps it too has seen YouTube clips confirming its own line of propaganda beyond any doubt?

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that efforts were being made to track down people the victim may have come into contact with on his journey from the Liberian capital.

"Contact tracing under way -- Liberia, Nigeria, Togo. WHO deployed staff to Nigeria to help w/ this & safe handling of remains," the global health body's African region said on its Twitter account @WHOAFRO.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu had previously said all passengers who travelled with the victim on the Togo-based carrier ASKY from Lome had been traced.

But in case this latest instance of propaganda meant to avoid a panic ends up being merely the latest lie, Nigeria is already preparing for plan B: "an emergency operations centre has been set up, coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC), and all hospitals have been equipped to handle emergencies and suspected cases, the minister added."

And while borders have not yet been closed, health specialists have been deployed to all sea ports and international airports to identify any passengers displaying symptoms associated with Ebola.

Needless to say, while Nigeria may hope that a countrywide quarantine is possible and could well be the next step, it would merely make the resulting panic from an epidemic that has claimed nearly 700 people far worse.

In Lagos, Yewande Adeshina, the special adviser on public health to the Lagos State governor, said: "We have taken delivery of 30 personal protective equipment (sets) from the federal ministry of health and they have promised to give an additional 220 for our medical personnel to protect them from any risks... "We are also reaching out to private clinics, hospitals and health facilities in the state to promptly report any suspected case to the authorities."


Information Minister Labaran Maku said a radio and television public awareness campaign about Ebola has been running for several months on state media and would continue. Spread by close contact with an infected person through bodily fluids such as sweat, blood and tissue, it can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea -- and in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.


Ebola's arrival in Lagos has prompted fears of its spread, since the overcrowded megacity is a regional and international transport hub and a base for many foreign multinationals with offices in Africa's largest economy.

As noted above, at this point now that the worst outcome has been confirmed it is all about containment:

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said tracing people who have been in contact with an infected person was key in both rural and urban areas, although that may prove more complicated in cities.


"When there is an outbreak, it is important to see whom the people have been in contact with and follow them for 21 days," he said by phone from Sierra Leone.


One of Britain's leading virologists said while Ebola's arrival in Lagos was "certainly not welcome", Lagos' more developed public health care infrastructure and accessible population compared to affected rural areas could work in its favour.


"The important thing to remember is that Ebola is not a virus that transmits easily, for example, by respiratory droplets. There has to be very close or physical contact," Professor Ian Jones told AFP in an email exchange.


"If this is prevented the outbreak can be stopped in its tracks. In this regard the authorities' statement that all contacts have been traced and quarantined is very reassuring," said Jones, from the University of Reading, west of London.

Indeed, "authorities' statements" that "everything is contained" are taking place with increasing regulatory in the past decade. Sadly, virtually every time they end up being a lie. Hopefully this time it's different.

In the meantime, we wonder just how the government of Sierra Leone will spin its own Ebola crisis, following the report from yesterday that an Ebola patient was broken out of hospital by her family and is now loose in the city of one million.

Finally, here is the latest summary of Ebola deaths and cases in West Africa from the WHO:

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firstdivision's picture

According to Keynes, Gaza's economy is boooooming.

TeamDepends's picture

You obviously have not seen World War Z. Brad Pitt (UN) will save us.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

While Brad Pitt is a fine actor, ebola does not turn people into zombies, it actually melts people into a bag of goo. 

Pure Evil's picture

Seriously, Nigeria has 170 million inhabitants?

That's seriously fucked up right there.

No wonder there's so many Nigerian princes with millions in a bank account needing help being extracted.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

This was kinda covered in Fish Gone Bad's The Worst Flu Ever:

Yes, it is childish, amateurish, perhaps even stupid, but it is apparently still pretty funny.  Enjoy

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Far more people die on the roads in this country every year, than ebola has killed in Nigeria in a year.  IIRC, about 40,000 people a year die in highway accidents in the US.  Seems every thime there is an ebola flare up, a few hundred or a few thousand die, but its never a few million.  Maybe this time is different.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

The top comment from the last Ebola thread:

"Start drinking Sterno (Inferno), Bitchez!"

I claim no credit.

Son of Loki's picture

Gee, I'm not going near those emails from the Nigerian Bankers any more.

7.62x54r's picture

Read the email! Help another diseased Nigerian fly to the US!

maskone909's picture

EBOLA: the ultimate krugmanite gdp booster. Fuck my life.

toady's picture

And Lagos is the 4th largest city on earth? 40 million+? That's gotta be one steaming pile of shit.

Learn something new every day.

DeadFred's picture

Just try to get your mind around being in a hazmat suit in Lagos in July. That and the idea of tracking down the contacts of a guy who collapsed in the middle of an airport... Of course these are the guys who think I'm going to wire them my account numbers so I can get those millions from my long lost relative.

7.62x54r's picture

I wonder how many of them can buy plane tickets? Probably every one who has access to an internet cafe.

Sudden Debt's picture

If you want to get rich in the next 2 decades, Lagos is the place to be as it's the new economic prodidgy city of the world.
Nigeria is the hub for mining transports, it has oil and there's plenty of factories being build. And they're also the most sound people of Africa.
If ever the west would crumble, lagos is a good place to restart.

sushi's picture

If you want to get in on the ground floor the fast food fried fruit bat business is the place to start. Franchises are available in key western locations and fruit bat filet and nuggets are ready to ship. The best feature of this franchise opportunity is that you face no legal liabilties. After 21 days your customers never bother you again.



Money Squid's picture

"And they're also the most sound people of Africa."

If you are trying to be a comedian better look elsewhere. I have been fortunate to work with a wide variety of people from African countries. Every person from Nigeria claimed advanced degrees and could not do a damn thing, except claim discrimination.

But, I do have this pile of money covered in black ink, and if you give me $10,000 cash I can buy a special chemical to clean it and I will give you half.

Duffy Duck's picture

No way. Lagos State as a whole maybe has 20 million if you believe the state/regional government and maybe 10 million if you belief the central government.

Pheonyte's picture

More bad news. One of the American doctors has been infected:

33 year old guy with a wife and kids :(

vegan's picture

... It melts people into a bag of deadly infectious goo.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Not so fast, Quickdraw McGraw!  Look at the ratio of Death to Cases.

Bring it on... the world has WAY to many hungry mouths and useless humans.

p.s. Spare me the bleeding heart liberal crap.  If Ebola doesn't give a shit, nor your favorite Deity, then I don't either.

Pure Evil's picture

You have to remember. If your favorite deity created the universe and planet Earth then its also responsible for creating all the bacteria and viruses that afflict all humans.

It's kinda like who's side is your deity on?

You or the virus?

On the one hand your god create you, and on the other he created nasty little bugs that can get you to Valhalla faster.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I just looked at the population chart for Nigeria, the last 25 years, and... Yeah.  Population explosion.

95 million to 170m (and counting) since 1990.  (a small protion will be immigration from neighboring countries)

Its the Bantu Expansion all over again.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

This is what oil does.  It fuels food supply.

Anusocracy's picture

Feed and Breed.

Fact of nature.

centerline's picture

Same general story in most places.  Globalization's unintended consequence.

Xandrino's picture

well give the good example, do us all a favor, fly to Liberia and take it up the tailpipe. Pretty please...

tallen's picture

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR) have actually developed a drug that could potentially cure ebola (TKM-EBOLA), that's shown to cure 100% of non-human primates (Apes). But the FDA's put it on clinical hold. Go US!

corporatewhore's picture

did they forget to make the check payable to someone? or even enclose it when they sent in the paperwork for approval?  graft does have its own honor system.

Renewable Life's picture

Let the first case be discovered in DC and then count the minutes until that "hold" is reversed:)

Ohhhh and check the list of shareholders inside government, when it's reversed!

Tall Tom's picture

They will be vaccinated and they will not care.

Tall Tom's picture

If you are one of the elite's chosen then you will get the vaccine. But the goal is to depopulate the Planet.


Close the airports??? Hell no. Let's keep those borders open and have them infect us all.


Yeah team...We are all gonna die...(someday...of something...Why delay the process?)


If you are here then you can bet that you will not be getting that vaccine.



snodgrass's picture

Da Niggaz in da White House is probably bringing him to the US to get rid of whitey. He's already bringing spics in who are loaded with diseases. I guess that takes care of paying for the Medicare and Social Security of the baby boomers.

zerocash's picture

President Madagascar! Close down the ports!


icanhasbailout's picture

Symptoms? But what about the incubation period?

Decolat's picture

Right? By the time symptoms are displayed, it's kinda too late to stop contagion.

GeorgeWKush's picture

It is not very difficult to prevent Ebola from spreading. It is not an airborne disease like TB, regular flue or swine flu, thus it only spread to physical human contact or contact with contaminated body fluids, and perhaps most importantly, a person with Ebola is not contagious during the incubation period (meaning you can’t get the disease from someone not showing symptoms). Though, the people of Guiney, Liberia and Nigeria live far away in impoverished villages and giant slums and have neither personal nor financial relations with the richer citizens of Europe, America or Asia and their emperors. That is why there is no cure to this disease, that is why no one apparently is able to restrain this newest Ebola outbreak and that is why the but of Kim Kardashian gets more attention in the MSM.

It seemingly didn’t matter to anyone in the west that a million or ten Africans had to die of HIV/aids during a period in which the medicine needed to quell the disease could be produced for a dollar a day. It won’t really matter to anyone in the west if a million or ten Africans were to die of Ebola either.

uno's picture

lots of US offshore oil platform workers in Nigeria and Angola coming in contact with the locals and then coming back to US once a month or whatever is the shifts.  I saw/heard them in Amsterdam airport transferring from Africa when I came back from Tanzania, they seem to fill up the plane coming back to Atlanta.

Anusocracy's picture

It didn't matter to the West that they banned DDT and as a consequence 110+ million needlessly died.

In April 1972, after seven months of testimony, EPA Administrative Law Judge Edmund Sweeney stated that “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. ... The uses of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife. ... The evidence in this proceeding supports the conclusion that there is a present need for the essential uses of DDT.”*

Two months later, EPA head [and Environmental Defense Fund member/fundraiser] William Ruckelshaus - who had never attended a single day’s session in the seven months of EPA hearings, and who admittedly had not even read the transcript of the hearings - overturned Judge Sweeney’s decision. Ruckelshaus declared that DDT was a “potential human carcinogen” and banned it for virtually all uses.**

Since Ruckelshaus arbitrarily and capriciously banned DDT, an estimated 16,839,101,909 cases of malaria have caused immense suffering and poverty in the developing world.***

Of these largely avoidable cases, 113,663,937 people died.****

That exceeds one needless premature death every 12 seconds for more than three decades.

max2205's picture

Andromida Strain anyone?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

The wino in Andromeda Strain survived by drinking "Squeeze". 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I saw a clip of a scientist putting a teaspoon of DDT in his mouth.  No shit.

It is safe for humans (not for the entire food chain, granted).  It needs to be used in places with disease-carrying mosquitoes!

Anusocracy's picture

The case they had against DDT was similar to Bush's case against Saddam's weapons of mass destruction - reliance on bogus or iffy information and ignoring everything else.

People will never learn.

rwe2late's picture

 I can imagine you ladling spoonfuls of DDT onto children's breakfast cereal

as an "immunity booster".

Anusocracy's picture

Not sure about your point. Immunity booster?

People really really have to stop believing those in government.

DDT is safe: just ask the professor who ate it for 40 years

Other chemicals are available, but they are generally less effective, shorter-acting and - most importantly for the Third World - more expensive. And DDT is extraordinarily safe for humans. Prof Kenneth Mellanby lectured on it for more than 40 years, and during each lecture he would eat a pinch.

rwe2late's picture

Not sure YOUR point. Even if not directly harmful to humans, there are other ecological concerns, which you seem to blithely dismiss.

Even as to safety for humans, neither EPA nor Monsanto et al have proven trustworthy. Regardless what the prof allegedly did (with sugar powder?), it doesn't prove that it is safe for children and embryos.

 Ever increasing dosages of DDT and/or Round-up will not keep people disease-free and well-fed, any more than dictatorial militarism will keep people secure from violence.
 There is such a reality as blowback, whether environmental or social. Killing off the birds, amphibians, fish, and insects that eat mosquitoes in order to kill off mosquitoe-borne diseases hardly ends  problems. And even mosquitoes will respond by becoming resistant super-bugs negating all your extrapolated statistical imaginings.
 CAFO meat and Monsanto plants will breed disease, old and new. So long as people over-populate, pollute, and live in their own unhealthy CAFO conditions, the problems will persist despite the band-aids put over the latest symptoms.
 Fantasies about more and more militarized policing, hermetically sealing borders, and killing off all perceived "threats" from having other humans and life forms on the planet is a fantasy, and a diabolic one at that. Perverted phobias of illness, death,  and other humans have been nurtured and then followed with deluded promises of compartmentalized safety to be provided by ever increasing pesticides, herbicides, and homicides. 

 The mindset needs to be changed, and it will not come about easily. The popularized aversion to link and connect militarism and disease,  refugees and drug wars, displaced persons and  globalized trade, poisons and famines, environmental destruction and self-serving oligarchies ... is what needs change foremost.

Anusocracy's picture

"Even if not directly harmful to humans"

Nice to see you ignored what I wrote. Your idiot beliefs are what are harmful to people. One Hundred ten+ million people died because of some assholes' beliefs and you spout some more asinine beliefs. Are another 110 million going to die from those beliefs?

Give it up, you people get everything wrong because your brain developed 200,000 years ago and hasn't been upgraded since.

From my readings there was no proof of the thinning of raptor's being caused by DDT. That also happens when they are malnourished. DDT puts a dent in the insect food chain.

But 110+ million deaths because some true believers believed DDT to be evil incarnate. That is definitely the action of subhumans.

I mean real animal-type subhumans.

Things that go bump's picture

According to Joseph Stalin, "A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic."