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Africa’s Biggest City Fights ‘Wicked Lies’ on Ebola Myths

Caleb Akano bought kola nuts for the first time in years, succumbing to a myth that the caffeine-rich fruit used in Nigerian ceremonies will protect him from Ebola.

“We are fighting a disease that does not give you a chance,” Akano, a 28-year-old political science graduate who lives in the Nigerian city of Lagos, said Aug. 7. “It doesn’t even give you time to panic, so everything has to be on my side.”