Third person dies of Ebola in Nigeria

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A man holds a flyer on the Ebola virus at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos

A man holds a flyer on the Ebola virus at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos

A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas said this morning.

Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, 36, a protocol assistant, was traveling to an Ecowas function with Liberian Patrick Sawyer, the man who brought Ebola to Nigeria last month.

Mr Abdulqudir had been under quarantine.

The country has reported eight cases of Ebola since Mr Sawyer arrived on 20 July.

“The Commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community institutions all over the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their health and safety,” Ecowas said.

Meanwhile, Germany has urged its nationals to leave Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone due to concern over the Ebola virus.

A foreign ministry spokesman said: “The government’s crisis management group met this morning to discuss West Africa and the Ebola virus. It decided to request all German citizens in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to leave.”

The request did not apply to medical workers or German diplomatic staff and embassies will remain open, he added.

The Ebola outbreak is the world’s largest and deadliest and the World Health Organization last week declared it an international health emergency.

So far, more than 1,000 people have died, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Guinea Bissau has decided to close its frontier with eastern neighbor Guinea in a bid to prevent the entry of the virus, Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira told a news conference late last night.

 

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