Ebola: Nigeria, other African countries at modest risk of spread – WHO

Ebola: Nigeria, other African countries at modest risk of spread – WHO

Chidi Samuel|

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified Nigeria and other countries in the African region to be at moderate risk of spread following the outbreak of the deadly disease in the DRC.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which disclosed this in a statement Saturday, however, warned Nigerians to be cautious and take precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak of the virus in the country.

According to a report by the WHO, 16 people have died in an area of Northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an Ebola Outbreak.

It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s. The disease killed eight people in the country last year.

The worst Ebola epidemic in history ended in West Africa just two years ago after killing more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it rolled through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In December 2013, after a two-year-old boy died from Ebola in a rural village in Guinea, the virus spread across three West African countries, reaching Nigeria, Spain, the US and the UK.

In October 2014, WHO declared Nigeria Ebola free, 42 days after the last known case had occurred as the country managed to limit the number of cases to 19 with 10 deaths.

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