– How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: Health officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim – as Nigerian film star sparks outrage by fleeing Africa first-class in an Ebola mask (Daily Mail, July 30, 2014):
- Hong Kong woman quarantined when she fell ill after returning from Kenya
- Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is ‘justified’
- He warned the spread of Ebola could become a global pandemic
- Health campaigners petition U.S. drug authorities to fast-track potential cure
- Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declares disease is ‘very serious threat’
- He will chair an emergency meeting on how to boost defences
- British airlines are also on ‘red alert’ for cases of the deadly virus
- Man with ‘feverish’ symptoms tested for deadly Ebola at Birmingham hospital
- He had travelled into Midlands from Benin, Nigeria via France when he fell ill
- Charing Cross Hospital staff also feared man had Ebola symptoms this week
- No cases have been confirmed in UK but 672 people have died in West Africa
- Warning issued to GPs, A&E departments and all NHS trusts across the UK
- Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and damage to the nervous system
Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are ‘justified’ an expert has said as Nigerian health officials try to trace 30,000 people at risk of contracting the deadly disease following the death of Patrick Sawyer.
The U.S. citizen boarded a flight in Liberia carrying the disease to Nigeria, potentially infecting ‘anyone on the same plane’.
It comes as Nigerian actor Jim Iyke sparked outrage, posting a picture of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he fled Liberia.
The ‘Nollywood’ star posted a message on his Instagram page saying he had cut short a business trip to Monrovia in Liberia – where at least 600 people have already died from the disease.
The death toll for this, the worst outbreak recorded since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976, stands at 672, while more than 1,200 people have been infected.