Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Health ministry issues alert on Ebola

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Guardian Correspondent

The government has called on people living in border regions to take precautions in the face of a possible outbreak of Ebola, which has so far killed 23 people and hit 101 others in Uganda.

Wilson Mukama, Permanent Secretary in the Health and Social Welfare ministry, said in a press statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday that people living in villages bordering Uganda were at great risk of contracting the killer disease.

He said Ebola has no known cure and the ministry has therefore taken a number of preventive measures, including dispatching medical teams to regions at greatest risks of being hit. These are Kagera, Mara and Mwanza.

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