A press release by the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which also is the first reported case in the country and in Sub-Saharan Africa was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, as the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.
On how the diesese entered Nigeria, the press statement revealed it was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and just returned from Milan to Lagos on the 25th of February. The unnamed Italian citizen was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
Recall that Milan has been the center of one of the most significant breakouts of the virus in Europe.
See below the full statement as released by the Federal Ministry of Health and signed by the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire:
You can download the Full PDF version of the Press Statement.
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