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  • 26 July 2014, 4:24

Deadly Ebola Outbreak Spreads To Nigeria

An Ebola outbreak that has left 660 people dead in West Africa has spread to Nigeria - Africa's most populous country.

Earlier this week, a Liberian man vomited and had a high fever on board a passenger plane to Nigeria.

He was immediately quarantined upon arrival in Lagos but died in hospital from the virus on Friday. 

Nigerian health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said it was the first case of Ebola to be confirmed in Nigeria since the current outbreak emerged this year.

The disease already has hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Authorities are investigating anyone who may have come into contact with the deceased man.

Mr Chukwu said: "All ports of entry into Nigeria, including airports, seaports and land borders, are placed on red alert.

"Ministry of health specialists have been positioned in all entry points. Active surveillance has also been stepped up."

He added: "We have already gotten in touch with all the passengers. We are monitoring and investigating."

Liberia's chief medical officer identified the Ebola victim as a government official with the finance ministry.

He flew to Nigeria to attend an international conference.

Ebola, one of the world's most deadly and contagious diseases, has killed at least 660 and infected 1,093 in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and now Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation.