Ebola outbreak threatens Super Eagles friendly with Congo DR

How the Ebola virus attacks

Africa's most populous country is taking no chances and health minister Isaac Adewole told CNN that people traveling from the Central African country where 17 people are suspected to have died from the viral hemorrhagic fever, will undergo temperature screening at all borders of the country.

Teams from the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation and Medicins sans Frontieres have been deployed to the area.

He said, "Negotiations are still on with Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and the Minister of Labour is leading the negotiation and we expect that we will conclude on all issues very soon".

He said the council was greatly concerned about the new outbreak of Ebola in Congo, adding that an emergency operation centre would be set up in Nigeria.

"Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths" have been recorded in Equateur province, it said, citing a notification to the ministry as of May 3. The medical department in the country is primarily dependent on the support from the WHO and other health partners for its emergency response.

Dr Peter Salama, WHO deputy director general, said: 'Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the DRC and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak. All the neighbouring countries have been alerted.

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In 2014, more than 11,000 people were killed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The Ebola virus strikes again in Africa.

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

It is caused by a virus that has a natural reservoir in the bat, which does not itself fall ill, but can pass the microbe on to humans who hunt it for "bushmeat".

But just as Ghana is battling against the appearance of Ebola in the country, the health service is also predicting an imminent outbreak of Cholera in the country especially as the rains have started. Three other nurses also were being treated for a hemorrhagic fever, he said. This was well contained through the efficient coordination among the government, health department, worldwide partners and the WHO.

Some African carriers including: Cronos Airlines, Air Cote D' Ivoire, Asky Airlines, African World Airlines, Rwand Air, Kenyan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways operate flights into their operational hubs that link Democratic Republic of Congo.

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