Ethiopia Taking Measures to Prevent Ebola Virus – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethiopia has established a high level national taskforce to prevent Ebola virus that has occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Briefing journalists, Public Health Institute Director-General Dr. Eba Abate said similar taskforces formed in regions are making preparations to prevent the virus.

According to him, the contribution of Ethiopia to the 2014-15 outbreaks in West Africa “has given us a good experience that helps to preventing the disease.”

Screening and quarantine centers have become operational at international airports in the country, Dr. Eba revealed.

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The prevention has become necessary as Ethiopian flies to Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries that share borders with the country, it was learned.

The experienced health professionals that work 24 hours at the centers are well equipped and supported by health institutes and inspection team, Dr Eba said.

Some 39 cases of Ebola were reported between April 4 and May 13 and 19 deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to World Health Organization.

Fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain, and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising) are among the symptoms.

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The ministry called upon the community to report if any kind of sign of the virus surfaces in the country by calling on 952 and 8335.

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