TANZANIA AT RISK FROM EBOLA OUTBREAK IN NEIGHBOURING EASTERN DR CONGO

DODOMA-- Tanzanian health Minister Ummy Mwalimu has warned of heightened chances of the Ebola deseas spreading to the country from the neighbouring eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a new outbreak of the disease has claimed 50 lives.

The Minister said Tuesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) had included Tanzania in the list of high-risk countries for the disease among those located near the DRC.

"So far, there is no Tanzanian suspected or diagnosed with Ebola, but this is to inform Tanzanians that we're at risk and so they should take all necessary precautions," she said.

However, she added that the government is taking precautions and that it will be prepared to deal with the highly infectious disease, in case it spreads to the country.

Mwalimu explained that according to the WHO, so far 91 people have been diagnosed with Ebola, with 50 dead of the disease which is above 54 per cent.

She added that the government is already taking measures for prevention, including having 35 new experts stationed in border areas and training 80 medical experts next week on the prevention and control of the disease.

Mwalimu called on the people to avoid contact with body fluids and dead bodies of people suspected or diagnosed with Ebola, as well as reporting immediately when they suspect someone with the epidemic.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK