ZAMBIA INTENSIFIES SCREENING FOR EBOLA FOLLOWING OUTBREAK IN DRC
Last Updated: 2017-05-19
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LUSAKA, May 19 (NNN-ZNBC) -- The health authorities in Zambia's Northern Province have stepped up surveillance for Ebola which is reported to have broken out in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says the Provincial Health Director, Kennedy Chibwe.

Medical personnel in the border districts of Kaputa, Nsama and Mpulungu are on alert to prevent the disease spreading to Zambia, Dr. Chibwe said Thursday.

A standby team at Mpulungu Harbour where a thermal scanner has been installed are on the lookout for persons with symptoms of haemorrhagic fevers, he added.

Health personnel throughout the province have already been equipped with the necessary information and medical supplies for purposes of screening individuals with symptoms of the virus, Dr. Chibwe said in an interview with the Zambian Information Service (ZANIS) in the provincial capital, Kasama.

Dr. Chibwe also clarified that the border entry points had not been restricted and that only added measures had been applied to stop the spread of the disease into Zambia.

The leading symptoms of the Ebola virus include high fever, nausea, fatigue and bleeding. -- NNN-ZNBC