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Nigeria confirms two more Ebola cases, nine in total

Published on Aug 9, 2014 6:40 AM
People read a poster bearing informations for travellers arriving in or departing from areas affected by the Ebola virus, on Aug 8, 2014 at the national public health institute in Abidjan. -- PHOTO: AFP

LAGOS (AFP) - Nigeria on Friday 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.

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