#GoodNews: WHO Officially Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free

#GoodNews: WHO Officially Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free

By Ekemini Ekwere | News Reporter on October 20, 2014
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The World Health Organization, WHO, has officially declared Nigeria an Ebola-free country.

This was announced by WHO’s representative in Nigeria, Rui Dama Gaz on Monday, October 20, 2014 in a joint press conference held by WHO and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja.

Dan Nwomeh, the special assistant to the outgoing minister of health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu tweeted:

The Ebola Virus Disease came to Nigeria in july 2014 through a Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer who arrived Lagos already infected with the virus.

Eight people died of the virus after contracting it from Sawyer.

There has been no new case of the virus in Nigeria since August 2014.

The Ebola virus disease has claimed over 4,000 lives in the recent outbreak which began in Guinea, a West African nation.

The disease has spread to the United States of America. Two health workers are currently being treated for the virus.

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