Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this discouraging report in Africeleb.com: Nigeria: 2 dead, several hospitalized after excessive consumption of salt to prevent Ebola. The Google translation:
The rumor that the Ebola virus could be prevented by the consumption of salt appears to have caused the loss of some lives. According to Thisday, at least two people were killed and 20 others hospitalized in various hospitals in Plateau state after consuming an excessive amount of salt and bitter kola to prevent attack of the Ebola virus.
Both were transported to the hospital by family members after their sudden collapse in the morning, after eating too much salt overnight. They later died of hypertension in hospitals.
According to the medical staff in hospitals where other patients are currently receiving treatment at Jos, some states develop ulcers, while others defecate profusely after consuming table salt in excess.