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DRC Neighbours Very Curious About Imminent Ebola Spread

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DRC Neighbours Very Curious About Imminent Ebola Spread

As Ebola death toll rises by two to 25 out of 45 cases, countries neighbouring the Democratic Republic of Congo are on high alert for any possibility of the epidemic crossing over.

For example , the main Border crossing between Rwanda and DRC records a massive 90,000 people.

UN’s migration agency said it was helping DRC’s health ministry to send disease-tracking experts and medical staff to monitor travellers at 16 border points.

Meanwhile the World Health Organisation (WHO) emergency panel said that Fourteen of the cases have been confirmed in laboratory tests.

“The confirmed case in Mbandaka, a large urban centre located on major national and international river, road and domestic air routes increases the risk of spread within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to neighbouring countries,” WHO said.

WHO said it has therefore revised the assessment of public health risk to very high at the national level and high at the regional level.

The East African Community said it was on “high alert” over the outbreak and had put in place measures to screen travellers arriving from that country.

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