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Nigeria Reports 2 New Ebola Cases

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Lagos State Health Commissioner Jide Idris, left, speaks during a news conference on the Ebola virus in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Lagos State Health Commissioner Jide Idris, left, speaks during a news conference on the Ebola virus in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Nigeria's health ministry has reported two more cases of Ebola, bringing the country's total to 15.

Officials said Thursday that a man working for the Economic Community of West African States recovered from an Ebola infection without treatment, but that his doctor died last week from the virus.

Six people have now died from Ebola in Nigeria during the latest outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday the virus has killed at least 1,550 people and infected more than 3,000. The majority of cases have been in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The WHO said Wednesday that 80 people are also being monitored for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an outbreak that is not related to the one in West Africa.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $5 million to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The new funding will be used for health equipment, training of health care workers and support of public outreach campaigns.

USAID has now committed nearly $20 million to combat Ebola since the outbreak was first reported in March.

A shortage of protective equipment is one of the factors contributing to the epidemic.

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