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10 cases of Ebola confirmed in Nigeria

11 August 2014, 14:38

Abuja - Nigeria now has 10 confirmed cases of Ebola 177 persons being watched for signs of the disease, according to the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chuwku.

"It has been 22 days since the virus first landed in Nigeria. As at today, 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation," Chuwku says.
Also read: Nigerian tested for Ebola in Hong Kong

"The 10th case actually was one of the nurses who also had contact with our index case; when she got ill we brought her into isolation, we just tested her over the weekend and she tested positive.

"That is what made it 10 cases since the last conference on Friday. Between Friday and today, we have one additional case that brings it to 10.

Chukwu disclosed that Nigeria was the first and only African country to have donated $3.5 million for humanitarian aid and capacity building to the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a national emergency odue to Ebola and approved a N1.9 billion intervention fund to combat the outbreak of the Virus.

Also read: Ebola: Should you panic?

The minister reiterated the government's commitment to continue to discharge its responsibilities in confronting and stopping the outbreak of Ebola.

He urged the public to adhere to the self-precautionary measures of hand washing and avoiding unnecessary contact to control the spread of the disease.



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