WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free After 42 Days With No Cases

ebola in Nigeria
Empty ebola ward in Nigeria – (since Sept 24)
Credit: CDC Global via flickr

First published October 20 2014, 3:38 AM

ABUJA – The World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola free on Monday after a 42 day period with no new cases, a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus. “Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in the capital Abuja, prompting a round of applause from other officials. “This is a spectacular success story … But we must be clear that we have only won a battle, the war will only end when West Africa is also declared free of Ebola.”

Image: Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the airport in Lagos.

Nigeria – airport screening team (image – nbc news)


The first case in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, was imported from Liberia, when a Liberian-American diplomat called Patrick Sawyer collapsed at the main international airport in Lagos on July 20. Because the country was ill prepared and had no screening procedures in place, Sawyer was able to infect several people, including several health workers in the hospital where he was taken.

Ebola has killed 4,546 people across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three worst-affected countries. Nigeria had 20 cases in total, of which eight died.


This is great news for Nigeria. Congratulations and Very Well Done!


*How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-did-nigeria-quash-its-ebola-outbreak-so-quickly/

*Note on the aforementioned article – neglected to mention both Senegal and Nigeria instituted border and flight restrictions: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/africa-stems-ebola-border-closings-luck-26249603


W.H.O. report: Ebola has 42-day incubation period, not 21 days (and other concerns)Posted on


Dr. Ada Igonoh: How Patrick Sawyer gave me Ebola… and how I survived Posted on


Could we please hire the Nigerians who knew what they were doing please come to the USA and takeover from the pathological liars we have in charge?   (The pathological liar feels that every bit of communication has strategic meaning positioned for her/his gain.)


PS: will this (global) manatory screening remain permanent…

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