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NCDC alerts against high risk Ebola strain from Uganda

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has  issued another warning on the potential high risk of bringing the Sudan strain of Ebola virus disease (EVD) from Uganda into the country.

NCDC  said its National Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Disease Technical Working Group had assessed the risk of importing Ebola to Nigeria, saying it is high due to the large volume of air travels between Nigeria and Uganda and the interactions among such passengers, especially at the regional travel hubs of Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Kigali airports.

According to the agency, there is the additional risk of importing the disease from other neighbouring countries that share direct borders with Uganda, should cases arise in other countries in the region.

It advised Nigerians to desist from non-essential travels to Uganda for the meantime until public health authorities have determined the outbreak to be contained.

The NCDC alluded to the October 29, 2022 report by the Uganda Ministry of Health, which confirmed 128 cases of the disease and 34 deaths.

Director General of the NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, in a personal statement, assured Nigerians that it was keeping its eyes on the situation.

The NCDC said it had also taken several measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of a potential Ebola outbreak, including a heightened surveillance and screening at the points of entry, among other preventive measures.

The agency urged Nigerians to wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitisers when soap and water are not readily available.

It also advised Nigerians to avoid physical contact with anyone who has symptoms of an infection with an unknown diagnosis.

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