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Ebola: Nigeria begins screening of travelers from high risk countries

Ebola: Nigeria begins screening of travelers from high risk countries

Africa is waiting nervously after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced it was tackling an Ebola outbreak.

At the time, CAF rescheduled matches for the African Cup of Nations involving the worst-hit nations Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

DR Congo authorities have described the Ebola outbreak as a "public health emergency with worldwide impact".

Adewole told CNN the government had reactivated Emergency Operation Centers created during the 2014 Ebola outbreak to prepare for any confirmed cases.

"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.

This is DRC's ninth outbreak of Ebola since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.

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

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

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This outbreak started back in December, about 20 miles from the town of Bikoro, in the province of Equateur, north-west DR Congo.

The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals (monkeys, bats) and spreads in populations by human-to-human transmission: through direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or body fluids of infected persons or with surfaces or materials contaminated by this type of liquid, the World Health Organization explains.

Neighbouring countries have been alerted about the new outbreak.

The WHO said that it is working closely with the DRC government to contain the spread of the viral disease. The fatality rate stays at 50 per cent.

Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans via contaminated bushmeat.

The research was done in an attempt to assess why the global response to the Ebola pandemic was so sloppy and to fill those gaps before another disaster strikes. The medical department in the country is primarily dependent on the support from the WHO and other health partners for its emergency response.

A study released previous year also suggested disease "superspreaders" fueled the transmission of the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

It adds, "Symptoms of Ebola may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the virus".