Yesterday, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said that an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely spread over tens of kilometres and poses a high regional risk given its proximity to borders.
Four people have tested positive for Ebola in and around Mangina, a town of about 60,000 people in North Kivu province, 100km (62 miles) from the Ugandan border, the health ministry said.
WHO’s emergency response chief Peter Salama said: “It would appear that the risk, as we can surmise for DRC, is high. For the region it’s high given the proximity to borders, particularly Uganda.
“We are talking about tens of kilometres but I stress that this is very preliminary information at this stage.”