'Ebola Could Spread Faster and Wider in Port Harcourt than in Lagos' WHO Warns Nigeria



The Ebola virus could spread wider and faster in Nigeria’s oil producing hub of Port Harcourt than in the financial capital, Lagos, the World Health Organization according to Vanguard warned on Thursday.

The UN health body said the arrival of the virus in Port Harcourt, which is 435 kilometres (270 miles) east of Lagos, showed “multiple high-risk opportunities for transmission of the virus to others”.

“Given these multiple high-risk exposure opportunities, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Port Harcourt has the potential to grow larger and spread faster than the one in Lagos,” it added.

A total of 255 people were currently under surveillance in Port Harcourt for signs of Ebola, Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said yesterday.

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