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Nigerian president says no Ebola case nationwide

LAGOS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said there was currently no case of Ebola disease in the country.

"Presently, there is no Ebola case in Nigeria; nobody in Nigeria has the disease now and most of the people who came down with the disease have recovered. Out of the 19, we lost seven and the others have recovered, although there a few people we are still observing," he made the remarks in the nation's capital of Abuja.

President Jonathan said the disease had been effectively contained, adding that keeping schools closed would send a wrong message to the international community about the situation in the country.

The president said government was prepared and had put measures in place to deal with any possible future outbreak of the virus in the country.

He said those calling for extension of the holiday were ignorant of the wrong signals it would send to the international community about the Ebola situation in the country.

He said Nigerians were being stigmatized and segregated in other countries because of the negative narrative about the status of the virus in the country.

Ebola, which spreads through body fluids, has killed more than 2,400 people in its latest outbreak in African countries.

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