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Third person dies of Ebola fever in Nigeria

The body of a man found in the street, suspected of dying from the ebola virus is covered and removed by health workers, in the capital city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP/Abbas Dulleh)

ABUJA: A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas said Wednesday.

Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, 36, a protocol assistant, was traveling to an Ecowas function with Liberian Patrick Sawyer, the man who brought Ebola to Nigeria last month. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine. The country has reported eight cases of Ebola since Sawyer arrived on July 20.

"The commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community institutions all over the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their health and safety," Ecowas said in a statement.

 

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