Monday, October 20, 2014

WHO: Nigeria Officially Free of Ebola

A Nigerian health official uses a thermometer to screen a person at the arrival hall of the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Sunday Alamba / AP Photo
Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story".

Nigeria won praise for its swift response after a Liberian diplomat brought the disease there in July.

Meanwhile, the outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. 

Senegal was also declared Ebola-free on Friday.

Source: bbc news

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