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Ethiopia on high alert following Ebola outbreak in DRC

IANS  |  Addis Ababa 

The said on Saturday that it is on high alert to counter the virus following an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the (DRC) this week.

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, inspections are being carried out in major airports as well as border areas to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country, reports

The ministry said clinics and hospitals across the East African country have been provided with necessary equipment to treat suspected cases, and training is being provided to strengthen response capabilities.

A new outbreak was declared on Tuesday by the DRC government, after two samples tested positive in Bikoro,

The (AU) has announced that the Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has activated an emergency operation to support the DRC's fight with the new Ebola outbreak.

The Africa CDC has mobilized its (ERT) for imminent deployment. The team includes experts with previous experience in responding to Ebola outbreaks in in 2014 and in the DRC in 2017, the AU said in a statement.

had previously sent a medical team, comprising close to 200 workers, to West African to bolster the Ebola response in 2014.



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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 07:42 IST