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Health Alert! Ebola Is Back!

Health Alert! Ebola Is Back!

Following the fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, screening and surveillance activities have been intensified at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, checks by Daily Trust have shown. The country confirmed two laboratory-tested cases of Ebola.

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. The virus was first discovered there in 1976 (when the country was known as Zaire) and is named after the Ebola river.

According to the Ministry of Health, the five samples taken from suspected cases were sent for analysis to the INRB of Kinshasa on Sunday, May 6.

Health Minister Isaac Adewale late on Wednesday said the cabinet had ordered his ministry to step up emergency surveillance at all land and airport borders, with a particular emphasis on screening people visiting from Congo.

"Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths" have been recorded in Equateur province, it said, citing a notification to the ministry as of May 3.

The last outbreak in Congo was in 2017 May and it killed four out of eight individuals in the Bas-Uele province, northeast Congo.

All the cases were reported from a clinic at Ilkoko Iponge, located about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Bikoro, where treatment capacities are limited, the World Health Organization said.

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Ebola is a popular disease among the Nigerian locals as there were cases of the virus being reported in Nigeria - but was swiftly handled by the Nigerian authorities.

Many victims bleed internally and externally before death if the symptoms aren't treated immediately.

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

The worst Ebola epidemic in history ended in West Africa just two years ago after killing more than 11,300 people and infecting 28,600 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

But to protect Nigeria from the disease, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced that it is taking swift action to make sure Ebola does not enter the country. Similar measures helped Africa's most populous country contain the virus during the West African epidemic that began in 2013.

Seventeen people already been reported dead in the north-west town of Bikoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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