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W.H.O Officially Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free Country

WHONigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

WHO gave a period of 42 days, which is double the normal incubation time of the Ebola virus, to ensure that there are no new cases in the country.

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Africa’s most populous country won praise for its swift response after an infected Liberian diplomat brought the disease there in July.

Nigeria had 20 cases of Ebola after a Liberian-American man named Patrick Sawyer flew into Lagos collapsed at the airport. Health care workers treating Sawyer were infected, and as it spread it ultimately killed eight people, a low number next to the thousands of cases and deaths in other countries. Nigeria’s health system is considered more robust, but there was significant concern from experts that a case would pop up in one of the country’s dense-populated slums and catch fire.

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