LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris says seven people have Ebola symptoms and are in quarantine after primary contact with the man who flew to Lagos and died of the disease last month.
The news comes a day after officials confirmed that a doctor has tested positive for Ebola after treating the traveler.
Idris said Tuesday that others may have been infected in Lagos, a city of 21 million, before doctors suspected that Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer had Ebola. They put him in isolation about 24 hours after he arrived at the hospital.
Idris says the eight quarantined people are among 14 who had "serious direct contact" with Sawyer, most of them at the hospital. He said authorities are following the conditions of 70 people who had primary contact with Sawyer.