WHO: Nigeria is free of Ebola but must remain vigilant for new cases

Nigeria teacher checks temperatureThe Guardian

The World Health Organisation declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the disease.

Nigeria’s containment of Ebola is a “spectacular success story”, WHO country director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Nigeria reported 20 cases of Ebola, including eight deaths. One of those who died was an airline passenger who brought Ebola to Nigeria and died soon after.  

The WHO announcement came after 42 days had passed since the last case in Nigeria tested negative – 42 days is twice the disease’s maximum incubation period.

“The outbreak in Nigeria has been contained,” Vaz said. “But we must be clear that we only won a battle. The war will only end when west Africa is also declared free of Ebola.”

WHO said Nigeria had traced nearly all of the contacts of the Ebola patients in the country, all of whom were linked to the country’s first patient, a Liberian man who arrived with symptoms in Lagos and later died.

For an outbreak to be declared officially over, WHO convenes a committee on surveillance, epidemiology and lab testing to determine that all conditions have been met.

Vaz warned that Nigeria’s geographical position and its extensive borders makes the country, Africa’s most populous, vulnerable to additional imported cases of Ebola.

“Therefore there is the need to continue to work together with states to ensure adequate preparedness to rapidly respond, in case of any potential re-importation,” he said.

The disease continues to spread rapidly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and has claimed more than 4,500 lives.


5 thoughts on “WHO: Nigeria is free of Ebola but must remain vigilant for new cases

  1. okay… so Nigeria had 20 cases and the WHO declared them “Ebola free” after 45 days.

    We’ve had one alleged, unconfirmed case and they’re calling in the military and appointing a genocidal lunatic as the “Ebola czar.”

    The theoretical problem with these “czars” is that they’re appointed, and a lot of power is thrown into the hands of someone that no American ever voted for. In reality, Diebold voting machines insure that there’s no way of knowing how many people in our “representative government” were ever voted into office, and we’ve also discovered that we have absolutely no say in who the candidates are.

    The entire concept of representative government in this country is little more than a bad joke.

  2. Weren’t American soldiers recently sent to Nigeria to help steal their resources, er,… I mean… help with the ‘Ebola’ crisis?

    Looks like they capitulated.

    “Steal away, boys, just don’t poison us with whatever the hell that is you’re poisoning people with and calling ‘Ebola’ in those other countries.”

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