Via ReliefWeb, a report from Radio Okapi: Ebola: DRC strengthens border surveillance. Excerpt from a Google translation:
The DRC has decided to raise the threshold monitoring of Ebola virus in all entry points of the country and in hospital settings. The decision was taken Friday, March 4 in Kinshasa by the Minister of Public Health, Felix Kabange. Controls aim particularly travelers who come from West Africa, where the disease is raging.
Speaking on Radio Okapi, the Minister Kabange said:
"We raised the threshold of epidemiological surveillance at the floor, so that we can monitor any cases of fever with bleeding or bloody diarrhea. We must proceed with the isolation [the patient] and samples which will be sent to INRB [National Institute of Biomedical Research]. Reactants are being reinforced at INRB. And we made an inventory of equipment or personal protective kits [caregiver through] the Republic."
He wished to reiterate that there was not far Ebola in DRC. "But, given the migratory flows between West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, contamination by travelers is not to be excluded," said he explained to justify the strengthening of the surveillance. For the Minister of Health, "Ebola kills, but everyone can be avoided. It's just a matter of personal hygiene."
Friday, Felix Kabange also announced the sending of four Congolese experts Guinea to participate in the fight against this epidemic, which has killed 86 people officially on 137 cases recorded since January.