Nigeria reports two new Ebola infections, as outbreak spreads

By Drum Digital
11 August 2014

Two more people have been infected with Ebola in Nigeria, bringing the total number of cases there to nine as the outbreak spreads through West Africa.

Two more people have been infected with Ebola in Nigeria, the authorities say, bringing the total number of cases there to nine as the outbreak spreads through West Africa.

All the infected patients are in hospital in Lagos, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu announced late on Sunday.

Two people have died of Ebola in Nigeria.

The country has banned the transport of corpses across national and state borders, in an attempt to halt an outbreak that has killed almost 1,000 people in West Africa.

People who die of Ebola will have to be buried in the community where they die. The ruling will especially affect the families of Nigerians dying in Ebola-affected Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the health ministry said.

Another West African country, Senegal, has meanwhile reported its first suspected Ebola case, in the nation's north. The patient is a 27-year-old Malian.

A total of 1,779 Ebola cases and 961 deaths have been reported so far, according to the WHO.

There is no cure for Ebola, which is transmitted through blood and other body fluids. There is no proven vaccine against the disease.

Meanwhile Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, the health ministry said late Sunday.

"Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory for approval, results will be available in 48 hours," the health ministry said in a statement.

The patient is the first to be tested in Rwanda since the outbreak in west Africa.

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