Rwanda, Congo restrict unnecessary border travel

Henrietta Strickland
August 9, 2019

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports from the Rwandan border city of Gisenyi.

There is no licensed treatment for Ebola, which is spread by close contact with bodily fluids of those infected, and survival can depend on seeking treatment as quickly as possible. Six different individuals suspected of infection have been discharged after testing negative on Friday, the presidency added.

Since the latest outbreak was discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a year ago, the disease has killed at least 1,800 people. More than 200 people who came into contact with the miner have been tracked and 160 of them have been vaccinated, according to Congolese authorities. "So we did expect further cases and we are seeing further cases", World Health Organisation (WHO) spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters in Geneva. That raised fears the outbreak could spread within the densely-populated city and beyond via its border with Rwanda and the worldwide airport. No additional cases have been identified, and the miner's wife and daughter are recovering.

He warned: "If we continue on that basis, this epidemic could last two or three years".

The Health Ministry of Uganda, which shares a border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, in addition to carrying out the immunological trial, is taking several measures to prevent an outbreak of Ebola, such as strengthening health controls and maintaining adequate personal hygiene.

Uganda has been declared Ebola-free though in June three people from one family died there from the haemorrhagic fever after crossing back from Congo.

It was earlier reluctant to do so, partly out of fear neighbouring countries might impose disruptive trade or travel restrictions.

Ebola leads to internal and external bleeding which can cause damage done to blood vessels. GSK put the Ebola Zaire vaccine using two segments two trials, however, has now determined handy it, the Ebola Sudan vaccine and a shot against the closely associated Marburg virus off to Sabin.

The two countries were committed to implementing preventive mechanisms to contain Ebola and secure cross-border flows in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease, said a joint communique issued after the meeting held in northwestern Rwanda's Rubavu district, which borders the eastern DR Congo city of Goma.

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