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Nigeria doctors suspend strike over Ebola threat

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 8:22am
The Associated Press

The Nigerian Medical Association says it has suspended a public sector doctors strike to help efforts to contain Ebola in the country.

The association on Sunday directed doctors to return to work Monday. The strike started on July 1, before Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer flew into Nigeria and introduced the virus in Lagos, the commercial capital. Nigeria's government says the country has 14 confirmed cases.

The association also demanded the government restart a residency training program it suspended on Aug. 13.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday two spouses of patients who died of the virus tested positive for Ebola. All cases of Ebola contraction in the country have been tracked back to Sawyer.

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