Cover image for article: What the World Can Learn from Nigeria’s Successful Handling of Ebola

In the wake of the ebola outbreak in Western Africa, the fact that Nigeria reported cases of ebola for only 42 days has largely gone unnoticed. The first case was reported on 20 July 2014, and the last case reported on 31 August 2014, leading to the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring Nigeria Ebola-free on 20 October 2014. With the successful, albeit challenging, handling of their Ebola outbreak, this “spectacular success story”, in the words of the WHO’s director for Nigeria, Rui Gama Vaz, provides a great learning tool for public health and the developed world.

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