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New Nigeria Ebola cases amid fears epidemic 'out of control'

Published on Aug 7, 2014 6:21 AM
An outreach worker speaks with residents about the information on the symptoms of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and best practices to help prevent its spread, in Freetown, Sierra Leone in this Aug, 2014 handout photo provided by UNICEF Aug 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

LAGOS (AFP) - The death toll of the Ebola epidemic neared 1,000 on Wednesday as fears rose that the disease is now taking hold in Africa's most populous nation of Nigeria after a second death among seven confirmed cases in Lagos.

The spread of the disease comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) met in an emergency session in Geneva to decide whether to declare an international crisis.

The latest official toll across west Africa hit 932 deaths since the start of the year, it said on Wednesday, with 1,711 confirmed cases, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The death of a nurse in Lagos, a megacity of more than 20 million, came as 45 deaths were confirmed across west Africa between Saturday and Monday, with aid agencies, including Doctors Without Borders, saying the terrifying tropical disease is out of control.

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