Kenya on high Ebola alert over DRC outbreak, to screen travellers


According to him: "Of great concern to FEC is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo".

The recommendation will now be discussed with worldwide organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

"Our country is facing a new epidemic of Ebola that is a public health emergency of global concern".

This leads to the possibility of the game not holding in order to avoid the disease spreading to Nigeria. Congo has a long track record with Ebola, WHO said.

The study identified that, in the critical phases of many Ebola virus outbreaks, the average infected individual infects four or more other people, which enables the virus to spread rapidly.

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.

Ebola occasionally jumps to humans from animals, including bats and monkeys.

Players like Mikel John Obi reportedly wore face masks and hand gloves in camp as preventive measures against the deadly virus. It can be spread through direct contact with another person's blood or body fluids which includes urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen, objects that have come in contact with body fluids from an infected person, infected fruit bats and primates, and possibly contact with semen from a man who recovered from Ebola.

At this level, 80 per cent of a population would need to be immunised to prevent outbreaks, even if a highly effective vaccine that protects 90 per cent of individuals after vaccination was available.

The Democratic Republic of Congo announced two confirmed cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro and that there are 10 more suspected cases of the virus.

"WHO will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response".

The Ikoko Impenge health facility, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Bikoro, has limited capabilities, relying on global organizations, WHO said.

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