Nigeria dismisses new outbreak of Ebola
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) -THE Nigerian public has been advised to ignore reports of a recurrence of the Ebola virus in the country.
Government disclosed in a public notice posted in the official alert platform for Ebola.
The notice traced the source of the story to unnamed female blogger, who allegedly wanted to generate traffic to her website.
“We found a fast spreading false rumor of Ebola cases in Nigeria. The rumor was initiated by an irresponsible blogger who lied that there are cases of Ebola in Nigeria just to generate traffic to her website.
“In order to prevent what happened during the Ebola outbreak where people were told to drink salt water and some ended up losing their lives, we are doing this to let you know ahead of this rumor and to also tell your friends and neighbors,” read a notice.
“The rumor is false, there is no known case of Ebola in Nigeria” the notice read.
It added that World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control and the Lagos State Ministry of Health had trained hospitals across Lagos and other parts of the country on how to report any suspect case of Ebola.
“We will be one of the first to know if there is Ebola in Nigeria and be sure we will notify Nigerians through official and appropriate channels,” the public notice read.
Nigeria suffered an Ebola outbreak last year but has been declared free of the deadly virus.
– CAJ News
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