The Liberian man suspected to be infected with Ebola, who arrived Lagos on Sunday and fell ill on Thursday July 23rd, Patrick Sawyer, is dead. News of him went viral in Nigeria yesterday with fear that he could spread the disease.
A Liberian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity said the news of Sawyer’s death was relayed to Liberia by the Nigerian embassy, early Friday morning.
Sawyer’s death is 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.
Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health systems despite international help.