August 6, 2014
Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents anticipating more Ebola infections. The five new Nigerian cases were all from Lagos and all five were reported to have had direct contact with one infected man. The World Health Organization has begun debating whether this outbreak of Ebola should be considered a an international public health emergency. Ebola has caused at least 932 deaths in four countries, with 1,711 reported cases. The WHO has only declared an international emergency twice, once for swine flu in 2009 and polio in May. Nigeria is the fourth West African country to be hit by the Ebola. It first emerged in Guinea in March, then spread to Sierra Leona and Liberia before reaching Nigeria.