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AFP (File photo) / A health agent checks a passenger leaving the country at Conakry's airport on July 22, 2014. Protection and healthcare material were set up at the airport to fight against the spreading of the Ebola virus.
South Africa is on high alert following the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the health ministry has said. The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said on 12 May that nine suspected cases and three deaths of persons with the Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported from a remote forested area in the Likati Health Zone of Bas Uele Province which borders the Central African Republic.
“There is a low risk of transmission to South Africa. However, South African Emergency Departments and clinicians are advised to be on the alert for cases of fever and/or hemorrhagic symptoms among returning travellers from the area,” the ministry said on Thursday.
However, no travel restrictions are in place but South Africa’s Port Health authorities have been informed and continue to screen travellers entering the country through airports for fever, the
This is the eighth Ebola virus outbreak in the DRC since 1976. The last outbreak occurred in 2014 with 66 cases and 49 deaths.
Ebola virus is transmitted following direct contact with persons infected with the virus – through contaminated body fluids including blood, stool, urine, saliva and semen, or with an environment
contaminated with body fluids.