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State of emergency in Nigeria

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 01:13

Nigeria declares state of emergency to handle Ebola outbreak. Julie Noce reports.

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*RESENDS WITH UPDATED RESTRICTIONS TO INCLUDE NO ACCESS CANADA* A hospital in Toronto Canada has begun treatment on a patient suspected of contracting the Ebola virus. Officials say the patient has fever and flu-like symptoms... and recently returned from Nigeria. The African nation has recently declared a national state of emergency with seven reported cases of the virus. Presidential Spokesperson Reuben Abati. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR NIGERIAN PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, REUBEN ABATI, SAYING: "Also approved a special intervention plan and the immediate release of 1.9 billion naira ($11.7 million) for its implementation, to further strengthen steps to contain the virus such as the establishment of additional isolation centres, case management, contact tracing, deployment of additional personnel, screening at borders, and the procurement of required items and facilities". But good news may be on the way. Scientists at the Scripps Research Lab in La Jolla California have created a serum that fights against the Ebola virus. The experimental drug was administered to the two U.S. workers who were infected in Liberia with good results so far. The U.N is looking into whether it might be offered in west Africa.

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State of emergency in Nigeria

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 01:13