KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
A passenger travelling from the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC) en-route to Kenya has been isolated
at Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport, as Ebola tests are
Uganda’s minister of state in charge of general duties, told
Xinhua by telephone on Saturday that although the male passenger
has not developed other Ebola signs, he has got a fever and high
“He is now in an
isolation ward at Entebbe hospital. Blood samples have been
taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute,” Opendi said.
She said available
information shows that the passenger lost his wife three weeks
ago, although the cause of death is not yet known.
Opendi said medical
officers at the airport are screening all passengers coming into
the country especially those from neighboring DRC.
DRC authorities on
May 8 declared an outbreak of Ebola in the western border town
The government on Thursday night confirmed 11 cases
and one death.
The Ebola virus is
highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including
fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in
many cases internal and external bleeding.
Mortality rates of
Ebola fever, according to the World Health Organization, are
extremely high, with the human case-fatality rate ranging from
50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral sub-type.
Kenya intensifies Ebola
screening to curb outbreak
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Health Ministry said on Friday that it
has intensified border surveillance to prevent an outbreak of
Ebola disease in the country.
Sicily Kariuki, the
Cabinet Secretary for Health, said the government has deployed
100 medical experts at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA),
the main port of entry to screen and test travelers from the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a further 160 on
standby for any eventuality.
“We have also
deployed medical personnel to conduct screening along the Busia
and Malaba border posts with Uganda,” Kariuki said at a joint
news conference in Nairobi.
The move by the East
Africa nation follows an Ebola outbreak in the DRC last week.
that all travelers from DRC are being screened at an emergency
clinic that has been set up at the airport.
“We are taking a
precaution against any eventually and Kenyans should not worry
much,” she said.
announced the formation of a National Health Emergencies Council
that will permanently engage in monitoring and prevention of the
spread of the deadly diseases in the country.
Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary said the outbreak has not
affected tourists from West Africa from visiting Kenya.
Balala revealed that
the highest number of tourists from the region come from
Nigeria, a country that is not affected by the outbreak. He said
that Kenya mainly receive traders from DRC, with a pocket of
“We have a
functioning clinic and an ambulance at the airport ready for any
emergency,” Balala said, noting that the government
The DRC government
last week announced an outbreak of the Ebola fever in Bikoro in
the North Western Equatorial region.
The new Ebola cases
were identified on May 1 in a remote area of the country’s
north-west, near the town of Bikoro, near the Congo River.
Burundi on high alert following
Ebola outbreak in DRC
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundi is on high alert to counter the Ebola
virus disease following its outbreak in neighboring Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Burundian health minister said
here on Friday.
Health and AIDS Control Minister Thaddee Ndikumana told a press
conference that until now, no Ebola virus case has been reported
on the Burundian territory.
system of diseases with epidemic characteristics is on high
alert, he added.
The minister said
the Burundian government will closely collaborate with the World
Health Organization (WHO) and other partners in order to boost
the east African country’s surveillance system and appropriate
The DRC government
on Thursday confirmed 11 cases of Ebola and one death.
Ethiopia on high alert
following Ebola outbreak in DRC
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The Ethiopian government said Saturday
that it is on high alert to counter the Ebola virus disease
following an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
According to the
Ethiopian Ministry of Health, inspections are being carried out
in major international airports as well as border areas to
prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.
The ministry said
clinics and hospitals across the East African country have been
provided with necessary equipment to treat suspected Ebola
cases, and training is being provided to strengthen response
A new Ebola outbreak
was declared on Tuesday by the DRC government, after two samples
tested positive in Bikoro, Equateur Province.
The African Union
(AU) has announced that the Africa Center for Disease Control
and Prevention (Africa CDC) has activitated an emergency
operation to support the DRC’s fight with the new Ebola
The Africa CDC has
mobilized its epidemic response team (ERT) for imminent
deployment. The team includes experts with previous experience
in responding to Ebola outbreaks in West Africa in 2014 and in
the DRC in 2017, the AU said in a statement.
previously sent a medical team, comprising close to 200 health
workers, to West African to bolster the Ebola disease response
WHO alerts latest Ebola
outbreak in DR Congo
GENEVA (Xinhua) --
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday that
stopping the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DR Congo) will be a serious, tough and costly challenge,
which requires preparedness for all scenarios.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is scheduled to travel to DR
Congo over the weekend to take stock of the situation and direct
the continuing response in support of the national health
“WHO staff were in
the team that first identified the outbreak. I myself am on my
way to the DRC to assess the needs first-hand,” said Dr. Tedros.
“I’m in contact in the Minister of health and have assured him
that we’re ready to do all that’s needed to stop the spread of
"We are working with our partners to send more
staff, equipment and supplies to the area.”
An outbreak of Ebola
virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro health zone, Equateur Province,
was declared four days ago.
The location is 250 km from Mbandaka,
capital of Equateur Province in an area of the country that is
that is very hard to reach.
As of Friday, 34
Ebola cases have been reported in the area in the past five
weeks, including two confirmed, 18 probable (deceased) and 14
Five samples were collected from five patients
and two have been confirmed by the laboratory.
“This is the
country’s ninth Ebola outbreak and there is considerable
expertise in-country,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional
director for Africa. “However, any country facing such a threat
may require international assistance.”
The current response
plan to the outbreak includes -
surveillance, case investigation,
and contact tracing; community engagement and social
mobilization; case management and infection prevention and
control; safe and dignified burials; research response including
the use of ring vaccination and antivirals; and coordination and
“It is too early to
judge the extent of this outbreak,” said Dr. Peter Salama, WHO
deputy director-general for Emergency Preparedness and Response.
signs including the infection of three health workers, the
geographical extent of the outbreak, the proximity to transport
routes and population centers, and the number of suspected cases
indicate that stopping this outbreak will be a serious
"This will be tough and it will be costly. We need to
be prepared for all scenarios,” he added.
For now the WHO has
listed the risks to surrounding countries as moderate, and has
already alerted those countries and is working with them on
border surveillance and preparedness for potential outbreaks.
The WHO, however,
does not at this time advise any restrictions on travel and
trade to DR Congo.
The Ebola epidemic
hit Africa between late 2013 and 2016, causing more than 11,000
deaths in nearly 30,000 cases, according to UN statistics.
At least 18 people have died in connection to Ebola virus in
western Democratic Republic of Congo