The Nigerian Centers for Disease Control (NCDC) issued a public health announcement on February 18 local time, saying that after Guinea announced a new Ebola outbreak on the 14th, Nigeria was assessed by the relevant working group that Nigeria was at moderate risk of an Ebola outbreak and had taken measures to strengthen prevention.
NCDC announcement states that there is a multi-sector national task force on emerging toxic haemorrhagic diseases in Nepal that has conducted a risk assessment of the possibility of Ebola transmission to Nigeria.
Given Guinea’s proximity to Nigeria and other West African countries, as well as other indicators, Nigeria is at a moderate risk of an Ebola outbreak.
The announcement said that the NCDC has taken several measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of the epidemic.
The National Emergency Operations Center is currently on alert, an emergency response team is on standby to deploy within 24 hours after the Ebola outbreak in Nepal, and an Ebola virus detection facility has been established in the National Reference Laboratory, and close contact with WHO, the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the West African Health Organization, conduct Cross-border coordination.
At the same time, Nepal’s port health service has also expanded the inspection of entry points.
On February 14, Guinea announced the outbreak of Ebola, which has killed at least five people, which is the first time that the Ebola epidemic has reappeared in West Africa in nearly five years.
From 2013 to 2016, Ebola outbreaks that ravaged Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia had claimed about 11,300 lives.