Lowcountry doctor, Nigerian native fears misinformation as source of continued Ebola spread

Lowcountry doctor, Nigerian native on Ebola crisis

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on the world to help prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Friday, WHO officials declared a "public health emergency," now that the death toll has risen to over 900 people.

The recent outbreak, considered the longest and largest in history, has now spread to the largest city in Africa, Lagos, with a population of over 21 million people.

Like many, Dr. Kwame Iwegbue of Fetter Health Care on Johns Island, has watched as confirmed cases throughout the continent continues to rise.

Iwegbue, a native Nigerian, is now even more invested, with his youngest brother among the 21 million faced with the Ebola threat in Lagos.

"I think he would have less of a chance of contracting Ebola if he wasn't in the city," he said.

Iwegbue, who talks to his brother regularly by phone, says superstitions, along with misinformation throughout the country could be contributing to the spread of the virus.

He said many in the country believe they will contract the virus by seeking treatment in a hospital, while others look to certain foods to gain immunity.

"It's a matter of getting the funding and getting the manpower in there to get the information out.
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