The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was collaborating with the federal government on precautionary measures at various seaports, land borders, airports and other entry points to prevent Ebola virus from entering Nigeria.

 

The measure came following reports about the spread of Ebola virus from rural areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Mbandaka City, which has a population of over one million.

The new outbreak in DR Congo has now recorded about 17 cases with three reported cases in Mbabdaka City, as WHO and health officials track about 500 persons believed to have had contact with the 17 persons with the virus. Though, WHO said the new outbreak in DR Congo had not reached a level to declare it a global health emergency case, the organisation termed it ‘high risk’, placing about nine neighbouring countries on alert.

 

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