Nigeria declared free of deadly Ebola virus

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Nigeria has been declared officially Ebola-free after a six week period with no new cases.

Speaking at a conference in Tunis, the World Health Organisation’s Director General Margaret Chan praised Nigeria’s success in controlling the deadly disease – brought to the country by a Liberian diplomat in July.

Nigeria had 20 cases in total, of which eight died.

Senegal was declared free of Ebola on Friday. But the virus remains in the three worst-affected countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – where it has killed more than 4,500 people.

As global fears grow over Ebola, Nigeria’s battle to stamp out the deadly fever was hailed a “spectacular success story” by WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz at a news conference in the capital Abuja.

It is hoped measures taken in Nigeria to combat Ebola could now serve as an example elsewhere.