About one thousand three hundred and thirty two Nigerian soldiers on a peacekeeping operation in Liberia have been quarantined and feared to have contracted Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from an Ebola victim Sudanese who led them in prayer during the last Eid-Kabir festival.
The director of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps, Major-General Obashina Ogunbiyi made this disclosure yesterday in Abuja.
According to the Army medical officer, the incident followed the death of a Sudanese Muslim man who had come to the camp of the soldiers to lead them in prayer during the Eid-Kabir celebration, but developed Ebola symptoms the following day and later died.
Ogunbuyi noted that the country remained at risk as any of the soldiers could choose to travel home anytime, saying “that is why the military had to be totally involved in the fight against the Ebola virus.”
Liberia is the epicentre of Ebola outbreak. The outbreak has killed more than 3,800 people, according to the latest World Health Organization figures. The vast majority of those deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.