An Italian man who has been confirmed to be Nigeria’s first coronavirus case after arriving from Milan was once in the u . s . for almost two full days earlier than being isolated, travelling through Lagos and touring some other state.
The case has brought about a scramble with the aid of authorities in Africa’s most populous u . s . a . who are now trying to trace all people who arrived on the same flight as the patient and pick out the locations he visited before going to the hospital.
“We have started out working to identify all the contacts of the man or woman on the grounds that he entered Nigeria and even these who had been with him on the aircraft,” Health Minister Osagie Ehanire informed journalists on Friday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The Italian, whose usa is the worst-hit in Europe by means of the coronavirus outbreak, arrived on February 24 on a Turkish Airlines flight that had a connection in Istanbul, Akin Abayomi, Lagos country commissioner for health, told reporters.
After spending the night time in a lodge near the airport, he arrived in the neighbouring state of Ogun on February 25 at his region of work.
He stayed there till he developed a fever and physique aches on the afternoon of February 26, Abayomi said.
Health practitioners with his company then contacted biosecurity authorities, who transferred him to a containment facility in Yaba, Lagos state.
“It was once very astute of the scientific practitioners in that facility to keep him overnight in an remoted environment,” Abayomi said.
Ehanire said the contamination was verified on February 27 through the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, section of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and that the man is now quarantined but doing well.
As nicely as being the first in Nigeria, the affected person is the first validated coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa.
Turkish Airlines did not at once remark on the case. There are no proven instances in Turkey.
The World Health Organization has stated it already has specialists on the ground in Nigeria, which it identifies as one of thirteen “high priority” international locations in Africa.
In a signal of mounting worries in Kenya, the u . s . a . briefly suspended flights from China on Friday. Kenya has no established instances of the virus.