Ebola panic ahead of Nigeria Vs DR Congo friendly game

MSF medical workers at a facility for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

DRC Confirms Ebola Outbreak Near Border

At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, two years after the worst ever outbreak of the virus ended in West Africa after killing more than 11,300 people and infecting some 28,600, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

He also said the ministry presented an update on the state of public health in Nigeria at the FEC meeting.

Health authorities have said "all border activity" will be studied to ensure Ebola does enter Nigeria.

"We will be screening incoming passengers, particularly passengers from DRC and neighbouring countries".

"Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) will also consider sending some team to DRC as part of building capacity for managing the outbreak", he told reporters.

There is now no vaccine to prevent Ebola or a confirmed treatment for it.

But that has not stopped Nigerian authorities taking no chances with the threat of Ebloa.

Port Harcourt is not new to occurrences of Ebola as the city experienced a few cases to resulted in the death of a doctor in 2014.

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Certain northeastern and southern regions of the country have not seen campaigns so far, as there have been no outbreaks of yellow fever there.

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

The health ministry confirmed the outbreak of Ebola on Tuesday, with two cases being confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB).

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at all the nation's entry points to prevent the spread of Ebola to the country following the outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Emergency teams have already been dispatched by WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health.

In Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was working closely with the government in Kinshasa to "rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners, using the model of a successful response to a similar...outbreak in 2017".

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said: "We know that addressing this outbreak will require a comprehensive and coordinated response".

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