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Ebola: Nollywood star, Jim Iyke, flees Liberia in mask


As fears over the dreaded Ebola disease spreads, ace Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke, has fled Liberia wearing a mask.


Iyke had posted his pic­ture sitting in a first-class airport lounge in Monro­via, wearing a mask, with a message on his Insta­gram page saying he had cut short a business trip to Monrovia in Liberia, where at least 600 people have died from the dis­ease.


The image of Iyke sit­ting on green leather sofa at the airport lounge, wearing an expensive designer watch and sun­glasses, was accompanied with the caption: “Not ashamed to admit this scares the Jesus outta me #Ebola.”


Following the actor’s return, some Nigerians, who are following him on Twitter, have wondered if he was tested before ad­mission into the country.


Twitter user @Ava­riberry posted a mes­sage reading: “Jim Iyke or Not… he gotta be screened. #TestJimIyke.”


Meanwhile @Icall­Dibbz_ said: “Please ooo, James Ikechukwu, aka Jim Iyke, should be quar­antined.”


Others picked up on the fact that Iyke had an ex­pensive facemask to pro­tect him, but wore a short-sleeved T-shirt.


Ebola is transmitted through close contact with the blood, secretions, or­gans or other bodily fluids of infected animals, and in many parts of West Af­rica people are being told to cover as much of their body as possible to ensure the infection doesn’t enter their bloodstream through a small cut.


Earlier yesterday, a British woman was quar­antined at a hospital in Hong Kong after falling ill with Ebola-like symp­toms when she returned from a trip to Africa.


The patient, who is said to be exhibiting symptoms similar to the deadly virus, is under­going tests to verify the cause of her illness, local media reported.

It comes as British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday declared the disease a “very serious threat,” as he prepares to chair an emergency meeting on how to bolster the country’s defences.

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