Possible spread of Ebola to Democratic Republic of the Congo

Several persons (number not reported) from Aruu in the Ituri District, Orientale Province, and other parts of north eastern areas of the country with symptoms suggesting Ebola infection are being tested to determine if they have the disease.

There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. For tourists, visitors or residents in affected areas, the risk of infection is considered very low if elementary precautions are followed. Any person in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body), during close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or during contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons in hospital settings.

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