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WHO: Nigeria Ebola-Free After 20 Cases, 8 Deaths

By    |   Monday, 20 October 2014 01:54 PM

Nigeria was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.

According to USA Today, Nigeria hasn't diagnosed a new case of Ebola in the last 42 days, twice the maximum incubation period. In addition to making the announcement on Twitter, WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz called the containment and emergency response an exemplary effort.

"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," said Rui.

In total, the country diagnosed 20 cases of Ebola, of which eight people died.

"Nigeria acted quickly and early and on a large scale," said John Vertefeuille, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to The Washington Post. "They acted aggressively, especially in terms of contact-tracing."

Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone remain heavily affected by the disease, which has killed nearly 5,000 across the three countries this year.

Nigeria is the second country to be declared free of Ebola this year after WHO declared Senegal had also rid the disease last week. Not a single death was recorded in Senegal after a man traveling from Guinea brought it into the country in August.

Nigeria had resources to combat the disease that the others don't, including experienced epidemiologists who've trained at a virology lab associated with Lagos University. Government workers there also diligently tracked those who'd come in contact with those who tested positive for Ebola, including those who attempted to allude such tracking. A house-to-house door-knocking campaign to inform the public about the nature of the disease is also credited with the country's success in fighting Ebola.

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