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WHO: New Ebola fears mount in Nigeria

September 3, 2014
Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says a doctor ill with Ebola in southern Nigeria exposed dozens of people to the virus by treating patients before his death.

Nigerian officials had believed that Ebola was largely contained after a traveler from Liberia brought the disease into the country.

But one man who had contact with the ill visitor evaded his surveillance and triggered a second cluster of cases in Port Harcourt.

WHO said Wednesday that a doctor there is now dead and his wife has Ebola symptoms. Some 60 other people are under surveillance after having "high-risk" or "very high-risk" contact with the infected doctor.

Nigeria's Ebola toll so far has been limited in comparison to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where hundreds have died in each country from the disease.

 
 

 

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