Ebola has claimed the life of a member of one of Nigeria's most illustrious families. Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, 58, great granddaughter of Nigeria's Herbert Samuel Macaulay, succumbed to the disease late on Tuesday.

She had been in a coma for some days, according to ThisDayLive.

Adadevoh contracted the virus from the Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the disease into Nigeria. She was the person responsible for getting Sawyer tested after he denied he had Ebola symptoms.

Five others who contracted the disease from Sawyer have been discharged while two others remain in the isolation ward at a Lagos hospital.

She is the first doctor and the fourth Nigerian to have died from the Ebola virus.

Adadevoh comes from a family of Nigerian physicians and statesmen, with her grandmother being the daughter of Sir Herbert Samuel Macaulay, founder of Nigerian nationalism in the early 1940s.

Her death brings the total number of persons who have succumbed to the disease in Nigeria to five.

The outbreak has claimed 1,200 lives so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guniea and Nigeria.