Ebola outbreak: Nigeria on alert, in touch with WHO, says NCDC

By our reporter| The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) said it is evaluating the risk to Nigeria of the new Ebola outbreak in Guinea.

The health agency, in a statement via its verified Twitter handle on Sunday, said it has been in touch with the World Health Organisation and the Africa CDC over the development.

The agency further stated that it is in touch with the West African Health Organisation, the ECOWAS Specialized Institution responsible for health issues.

“NCDC is aware of confirmed #Ebola cases in Guinea and is assessing the risk to Nigeria. A public health advisory will be issued soon”, it said.

West African country Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday, with the authorities asking the World Health Organisation (WH0) to rush in vaccines.

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The epidemic was declared as tests came back positive for the virus after at least three people died and four fell ill in the southeast part of the country.

It was the first resurgence of the disease in the country since the world’s worst outbreak in 2013-2016.

The seven patients fell ill with diarrhoea, vomiting, and bleeding after attending a burial in Goueke sub-prefecture.

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