The emergency meeting of the executive council will be held in the Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on September 8.

AU Executive Council will meet to adopt a common position and define appropriate strategies to enable Africa to effectively combat the Ebola epidemic, a news agency quoted an AU statement as saying.

The Council's emergency meeting has been necessitated by the need to have a common understanding of the Ebola Virus Disease and current status of the response and to come up with a collective continental approach, the statement added.

The AU Permanent Representatives Committee met on July 31 ahead of the Executive Council meeting, and discussed various issues in preparation of the meeting, that included direct assistance to member states affected by Ebola and the need to accelerate efforts towards the establishment of an African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ebola has largely affected countries in West Africa and there are concerns not only over the fatality rate, but also on the consequences of the disease on the affected countries, many of whom are trying to grow their economies after emerging from conflict.

The AU Peace and Security Council decided last month to authorize the immediate deployment of an AU-led Joint Military and Civil Medical Mission against Ebola, comprising of medical doctors, nurses and other medical and paramedical personnel, as well as military medical personnel.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the deadly virus for which there is no treatment or vaccine, has claimed 1,552 lives out of 3,069 reported cases, including 694 in Liberia, 430 in Guinea, 422 in Sierra Leone and six in Nigeria.

Nigeria records seventh Ebola death

An Ebola infected patient died in Nigeria on Wednesday, bringing the toll from the disease to seven in the West African country, an official said.

Nigeria's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told reporters that the number of death from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country increased to seven, following the death of a female patient who was on admission in a hospital in Port Harcourt, capital of oil-rich Rivers State, a news agency reported.

"The female patient was on admission in the same hospital with Iyke Enemuo, a doctor who recently died of Ebola in Port Harcourt," the official said.

In a related development, a patient was discharged from an isolation facility in Lagos on Tuesday, following full recovery from the disease, Chukwu noted.

The official said a total of 18 confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded in the African country since the latest outbreak, while the total number of EVD patients currently under treatment is two.

Authorities in Nigeria on Monday announced that they would procure a new Japanese drug called Favipiravir to treat Ebola patients in the country.

Nigeria announced last week it was almost free from Ebola but Chukwu said that this would become reality after new cases in the southern part of the country had been carefully and successfully treated.

Nearly 2,000 people have so far died of Ebola since the latest outbreak in African countries.

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