Nigeria on Friday (Aug 8) confirmed two new cases of Ebola, bringing the total number of infections in Africa’s most populous country to nine, including two deaths. “We have an additional two confirmed cases. So the total now, we have nine confirmed cases (including two deaths). The same two we told you about: the index case and the health worker,” Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists. President Goodluck Jonathan earlier Friday declared a national emergency over the deadly virus. Nigeria currently has six suspected cases that are under investigation and a total of 139 people have been placed under surveillance, the minister said during a visit to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital of more than 20 million people. “As we talk, we do have six suspected cases currently under investigation…Now altogether, all those we have placed under surveillance stand at 139,” he added. An American-Liberian, who flew into the country from Monrovia, and a Nigerian nurse are the two people who have died of Ebola virus in Lagos in the last two weeks. The minister said that the government had approved life insurance policy for all those taking care of Ebola virus patients and involved in contact-tracing. More
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