The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria, the latest country to report the virus, has increased to 13, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) today.

Nigeria map/CIA

Of the 13 cases reported as of 6 August 2014, none have been confirmed (7 probable and 6 suspected). Two deaths have been reported from the Africa nation since it was first introduced last month.

The situation in Nigeria has prompted President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a national state of emergency on Friday. Jonathan approved 1.9 billion naira ($11.6-million U.S.) of emergency funds to contain the virus.

Overall,between 5 and 6 August 2014, a total of 68 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 29 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

This brings the total number of cases attributed to EVD in the four countries at 1,779, including 961 deaths.

On Monday, 11 August, WHO will convene a panel of medical ethics experts to begin looking at the use of experimental treatments in the ongoing EVD outbreak in West Africa. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page