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East African states agree on joint collabor-
ation to stop spread of Ebola

KAMPALA (Xinhua) -- Health experts and government officials from East African states agreed to intensify cross-border collaboration to prevent the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak from spreading.

World Health Organization (WHO) Uganda office in a statement issued on Thursday said the participants meeting under the East African Integrated Disease Surveillance Network agreed to enhance disease surveillance, emergency preparedness and response in East Africa including DRC.

The participants were from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and DRC.

“Participating countries will develop an action plan for cross-border disease surveillance and emergency preparedness and response activities with clear roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved,” said the statement.

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 WHO, are extremely high, with the human case-fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral sub-type.

           

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