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Rwanda Begins Vaccinating Against Ebola At Border With DR Congo

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Rwanda Begins Vaccinating Against Ebola At Border With DR Congo

Rwanda says it has began its first large-scale vaccination campaign against the Ebola virus in areas bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 200,000 persons are targeted in the campaign over the next year.

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At the weekend, Rwanda’s health minister Diane Gashumba says priority will be given to health workers, immigration officials, police and those engaged in cross-border trade.

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The authorities are hoping the experimental vaccine will keep the virus away from the country. So far there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in Rwanda.

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Thousands in the DR Congo have died of Ebola since the outbreak was declared in August last year.

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Ivory Coast Tests Woman For Coronavirus

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Coronavirus: Ivory Coast Tests Woman For China Virus

Fear is mounting globally over the coronavirus outbreak disease, and Africa is not left out. Ivory Coast health officials are dealing with what they call a suspected case of the virus.

The country’s health ministry has announced, an unnamed student has shown flu-like symptoms and is undergoing further tests.  She returned to ivory coast from Beijing on Saturday. If confirmed, it will be the first case of the deadly virus in Africa.

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The virus that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has spread to more than 2,000 persons killing at least 80 as at Monday.

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Officials say the 34-year-old woman is currently in isolation. Ivory Coast’s health ministry says she has lived in china for the past five years, and had shown flu-like symptoms before boarding the plane to Abidjan.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, several African countries have introduced extra screening on flights arriving from china.

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Nigerian health authorities have begun conducting checks at Lagos airport.

Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Botswana are doing the same in their countries.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Death Toll Rises To 81 As China Extends Holiday

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Death Toll Rises To 81 As China Extends Holiday

Chinese officials say the death toll from the deadly coronavirus outbreak keeps increasing and has the ability to keep growing.

This is as the hard-hit province of Hubei announced 24 new fatalities and expanded measures to keep people at home during what is usually the country’s biggest holiday season.

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More than 56 million people in almost 20 cities, including Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province where the virus originated, have been affected by travel restrictions.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will “inspect and direct” efforts to control a virus outbreak in the central city of Wuhan and promised reinforcements, as provincial authorities faced accusations from the public of a failure to respond in time.

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Li said 2,500 more medical workers are expected to arrive in the next two days.

Li is the most senior leader to visit Wuhan since the outbreak began. He also visited the construction site of a new hospital due to be built in days.

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China is extending the Lunar New Year holiday for three days and enforcing strict containment measures in an attempt to curb the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed 81 people and infected at more than 2,700.

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Medical Doctor Quarantined Over Suspicions Of Lassa Fever In Jigawa

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Medical Doctor Quarantined Over Suspicions Of Lassa Fever In Jigawa

Jigawa State ministry of health says a medical doctor has been quarantined on suspicion of Lassa fever.

The ministry’s acting permanent secretary, Salisu Mu’azu, says the victim, Dr. Anthony Etim, is being quarantined at the isolated infectious diseases control unit at Jahun hospital.

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Dr. Etim is a staff of the medical charity, doctors without borders.

Mu’azu says Etim developed the Lassa fever symptoms while on official duties at the Internally Displaced Persons camps in Borno State.  He said the state government is taking steps to prevent the spread of the disease.

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