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Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

Nigeria won praise for its swift response after a Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer brought the disease there in July. The outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. An estimated 70% of those infected have died in those countries.

The WHO officially declared Senegal Ebola-free on Friday.Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Luxembourg to discuss how to strengthen their response to the threat posed by Ebola. European countries have committed more than 500m euros (£400m; $600m). Other countries like UK  plan to double that amount.

The money is being sought to help reinforce over-stretched healthcare systems in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and to mitigate the damage Ebola is doing to their economies.

 

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