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Nigeria on high alert for Ebola outbreak in Uganda

Xinhua
05 Oct 2022, 11:30 GMT+10

LAGOS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian health authorities said Tuesday that they are aware of the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Uganda as declared in September.

Ifedayo Adetifa, head of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), said in a statement that a multisectoral viral haemorrhagic diseases technical working group has conducted a rapid risk assessment to guide in-country preparedness for the disease.

The likelihood of importation to Nigeria is high due to increased air travel between Nigeria and Uganda, especially through Kenya's Nairobi airport, a regional transport hub, and other neighboring countries that directly borders Uganda, he said.

Despite this risk assessment, Adetifa said Nigeria has the capacity to respond effectively in the event of an outbreak.

Passengers from or transiting in Uganda will be followed up for 21 days after their arrival in Nigeria on their health status, he said.

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