The public health crackdown on Ebola in Nigeria, which has been declared free of the virus, serves as a model for the rest of the world.
The outbreak began in Nigeria when a Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer, who had been to the funeral of his sister who died from Ebola, flew to Lagos on 20 July, against medical advice. At the departure airport, he was visibly very ill, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), lying on the floor of the departure lounge. “He vomited during the flight, on arrival and, yet again, in the private car that drove him to a private hospital. The protocol officer who escorted him later died of Ebola,” said WHO, but he was treated for malaria because he insisted he had not had contact with any Ebola patients.