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President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan waits for the beginning of a session during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit August 6, 2014 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong—Getty Images

Nigeria Declares State of Emergency Amid Ebola Outbreak

Aug 08, 2014
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency Friday amid an Ebola outbreak plaguing West Africa, approving more than $11 million to fight the deadly disease. Jonathan's move comes as the deadly disease has infected at least 1,700 people and left more than 900 dead, mostly in nearby Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, only has seven confirmed cases and two deaths, but health officials fear that the disease's arrival there would drastically escalate the severity of the crisis.

Nigeria's state of emergency declaration comes on the heels of the World Health Organization declaring the Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency, while Liberia and Sierra Leone have also declared similar national emergencies over the virus.

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