Via ReliefWeb, an AFP report: US monitoring Ebola outbeak, aiding bid to stop spread - Nigeria. Excerpt:
US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those fighting the virus," Will Stevens, spokesman for the State Department's Africa bureau, told AFP.
"The US government continues to provide a comprehensive, multi-agency response to assist those countries affected by the Ebola virus outbreak," he added, saying multiple US agencies were "contributing to the outbreak response efforts."
As of July 20, the number of Ebola cases recorded in the months-long epidemic stood at 1,093, including more than 660 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Liberia has seen 127 fatalities, and there have also been hundreds of cases recorded in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
But there were growing international concerns after a Liberian national died Friday in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the virus has reached Africa's most populous country.
US agencies including from the Center for Disease Control, and Pentagon bodies like the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have been lending their expertise to local health officials and international specialists.