The Ebola outbreak raging through the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has just become more personal for South Africa. According to a news story run by Reuters, Nigerian health authorities are holding a South African national for Ebola testing.
The South African woman filled out a health questionnaire on arrival at Lagos airport in which she acknowledged that she was suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea, which are possible symptoms of the Ebola haemorrhagic virus. She had also spent time working in Guinea and Sierra Leone, both of which have been at the centre of the Ebola outbreak.
The traveller, who lives in Cape Town and whose identity has not been revealed, has been taken to Lagos’ Ebola treatment centre for tests to see whether she actually had the virus. According to Nigerian health official, the testing process is likely to last a few days.