Government's urgent move to keep Ebola out of Kenya

Government's urgent move to keep Ebola out of Kenya

Government's urgent move to keep Ebola out of Kenya

ABUJA-FOLLOWING the report of recent outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, the Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday, directed the Federal Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at all entry points in the country, to prevent Ebola virus being brought into the country.

Ebola has been confirmed in at least two people in the northwestern town of Bikoro.

Tthe deadly Ebola virus made a comeback to the continent after the Democratic Republic of Congo declared its presence on Tuesday.

According to him: "Of great concern to FEC is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo".

DRC authorities said that the provincial health division of Equateur reported at the central level of the Ministry of Health on May 3, 21 cases of fever with signs and 17 deaths in the Ikoko Impenge health area located in the province.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria has stepped up efforts at major worldwide airports in the county to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Two out of five suspected patients were tested positive for the epidemic at the National de Recherche Biomedicale in Kinshasa.

'We still dispose of the well trained human resources that were able to rapidly control previous epidemics'.

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In a news release on Tuesday, the World Health Organization informed that the DRC government reported the outbreak after two confirmed laboratory tests in Bikoro in the Équateur Province.

The WHO said that it is working closely with the DRC government to contain the spread of the viral disease.

Ebola is most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims owing to damage done to blood vessels.

The latest outbreak comes less than a year after the DRC's last recorded Ebola outbreak in May last year.

"Since notification of the cases on 3 May, no deaths have been reported either among the [hospitalized] cases or the healthcare personnel", the Health Ministry statement added. However, the Congo has experienced nine Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976.

Reuters noted that Ebola is believed to be spread over long distances by bats as the animals can host the virus without dying.

Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general, emergency preparedness and response, welcomed the United Kingdom support.

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