Via The Guardian in Nigeria, a report that should never have been written: Govt confirms 198 Ebola cases. Excerpt and a comment:
ABOUT 198 cases of Ebola virus infections have been established in the country. Out of these, 177 are said to be in Lagos, while the remaining 21 are in Enugu.
The figures were made public Wednesday by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC)
The meeting, which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, according to Maku, was devoted almost entirely to the discussion of efforts the country was making in containing the Ebola disease.
I can't believe the president and his minister of information presided over any such meeting. The "Ebola cases" are people in quarantine because they've been in some kind of proximity to confirmed cases. That makes them contacts, not cases.
According to today's update from WHO, Nigeria is dealing with 12 Ebola cases, three of them fatal. The paper should issue a prompt retraction, but the damage is done.