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Nigeria reports first Ebola death outside Lagos

The victim is a doctor who was treating an Ebola patient Samuel Okocha September 1, 2014: Nigeria has reported its first Ebola death outside Lagos. A doctor died of the disease in the southern oil-rich city of Porthacourt. The doctor was treating an Ebola patient who escaped quarantine from Lagos. The patient survived, but the doctor died. Before this incident, Nigerian health authorities had earlier this...

The victim is a doctor who was treating an Ebola patient

Samuel Okocha

September 1, 2014: Nigeria has reported its first Ebola death outside Lagos. A doctor died of the disease in the southern oil-rich city of Porthacourt.

The doctor was treating an Ebola patient who escaped quarantine from Lagos. The patient survived, but the doctor died.

Before this incident, Nigerian health authorities had earlier this week announced that they had successfully contained the outbreak. The UN has also commended Nigeria over its tackling of the problem.

In Liberia, President Johnson Sirleaf warned the crisis will likely worsen in the coming weeks, as the ministry of health reported 11 new cases and 35 deaths. New cases of infection have also been reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

More than 1,550 people have now died, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases — mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

West Africa’s health ministers are meeting in Ghana to discuss how to tackle the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the WHO is investigating an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are 24 suspected cases and 13 deaths, according to the UN health body. Reports say the outbreak is unrelated to the one in West Africa.

Earlier Report: Ebola ruins summer of Africa

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