Nigeria placed at ‘moderate risk’ of Ebola outbreak as virus hits neigbouring country.


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, February 18, issued a public health advisory following the declaration of Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea.

The Ebola virus outbreak was declared in Guinea on Sunday, February 14. The cases were detected among seven people who attended the burial of a nurse on Monday, February 1.

Considering the proximity of Guinea to Nigeria, the NCDC has placed Nigeria at moderate risk of an Ebola outbreak, according to a statement by the agency’s director-general, Chikwe Ihekweazu.

The disease control agency said it has an existing multisectoral National Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases Working Group (EVHDWG) which is coordinating preparedness efforts for the Ebola virus and other diseases.

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Leakblast gathers that the EVHDWG has carried out a risk assessment on the possibility of transmission of the virus to Nigeria.

The outputs from the risk assessment are being used to initiate preparedness activities in the country.

According to the NCDC, Ebola virus can be transmitted via direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from it.

The virus can also enter the body stream through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth.

It can also be contracted through contact with objects contaminated by infected persons as well as direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected fruit bats or primates.

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