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Nigeria closes school amid Ebola outbreak

Nigeria's school year was scheduled to begin Monday.
By Ed Adamczyk   |   Aug. 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM   |   Comments

LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Nigeria delayed the opening of its schools, scheduled for Monday, to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Although the outbreak is centered on countries in western Africa, none of which share a border with Nigeria, five people have died of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. The outbreak has killed over 1,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. One confirmed case in Nigeria remains.

The schools will open Oct. 13, but teachers and staff will be trained prior to that date on handling suspected Ebola cases.

"All state ministries of education are to immediately organize and ensure that at least two staff in each school, both private and public, are trained by appropriate health workers," said Education Minister Ibrahim Shekarau.

Donald Kaberuka, head of the African Development Bank, said the World Health Organization will soon release $60 million to help the immediate fight against the disease, which he described as "cataclysmic."

"It is decimating the health sector. There are many other diseases right now not being attended to because Ebola has overstretched the capacity of the health sector."
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