Nigeria has been officially declared free of the deadly Ebola virus after six weeks without any new cases, according to the World Health Organisation.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that, since no new cases of Ebola have occurred within the past six weeks, the African country of Nigeria is now officially free of Ebola. WHO representatives, speaking in the capital Abuja, have hailed the announcement as a “spectacular success story”.
The news comes after the World Health Organisation declared Senegal free of Ebola on Friday. The current outbreak has killed more than 4’500 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Ebola’s most recent outbreak, which has gained a significant increase in media attention following its contraction by two American health workers in Texas after improper handling of an infected patient there, has a 70% mortality rate.