Tanzania On High Alert To Contain Suspected Ebola Outbreak

by VR Sreeraman on  January 10, 2009 at 2:34 PM Tropical Disease News
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Tanzania dispatched health officials to regions bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to contain a suspected Ebola outbreak, officials said.
Tanzania On High Alert To Contain Suspected Ebola Outbreak
Tanzania On High Alert To Contain Suspected Ebola Outbreak

"Experts have been deployed to five regions closer to the DRC, which are Mbeya, Kagera, Rukwa, Kigoma and Mwanza," health ministry spokesman Nsachris Mwamwaja told AFP.

"People will be educated on Ebola's causes, symptoms and prevention measures," he said.

Angola has shut down its border with Congo to protect its population from any spread of the virulent virus, which is suspected to have killed at least 13 people and infected 42 in central DRC since it was first detected two months ago.

Ebola is fatal in about 50-90 percent of cases, with victims haemmorhaging all over and bleeding from body orifices before dying in the most severe instances.

Source: AFP
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