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Nigeria Draws on Polio Mistakes to Contain Ebola Outbreak

A day after the death of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought Ebola to Lagos, Nigeria’s government took over the empty floor of a building off a busy highway in Africa’s largest city.

Drawing on the country’s battle to eradicate polio, which is endemic in the West African nation, a command center was set up in the densely packed Yaba district to coordinate efforts between state, federal and international health officials. The mission: Contain Ebola’s spread after Sawyer died in the coastal city of more than 20 million people.