Nigeria monitoring Ebola before DRC World Cup warm up

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.

At least 17 people have died since inhabitants of a village in the country's northwest began showing symptoms resembling Ebola several months ago.

The central African country has been hit by new Ebola outbreak with new cases detected in the country's north-west region.

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The government of the DRC has since declared a new outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, the country's ninth Ebola outbreak since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.

It said it had released US$1 million (840,000 euros) from an emergency contingency fund, set up a coordination group and deployed more than 50 experts to work with the DRC government and health agencies.

The Ebola virus strikes again in Africa.

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"Since the notification of the cases on May 3, no deaths have been reported", it said, without specifying when the first case came to light.

Ngaleto said of all cases so far reported, seven were now in the hospital in Bikoro. "Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic signs and 17 deaths" were recorded with a fatality rate of 80%, says a statement of the Ministry of Health, which describes the situation as an "international public health emergency".

Two years ago, the worst Ebola epidemic in history ended, killing more than 11,000 people while infecting around 28,000 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Following the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, there is a high possibility that the global friendly match between the central African nation and the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be called off.

Ebola causes numerous symptoms, including fever, severe headache, muscle pain and diarrhea.

"Following the outbreak of Ebola in DRC and as per the global health regulations we are now conducting routine screening of all travelers at points of entry", said Kariuki in a notice seen by TUKO.co.ke.

But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro lie not far from the banks of the Congo River, an essential waterway for transport and commerce, downstream of which lie both Kinshasa and Brazzaville, capital of neighbouring Congo Republic.

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