Mozambique sets up Ebola screening at Malawi border

Maputo, Aug 3 (AFP/APP):Mozambique on Saturday set up disease checkpoints along its border with Malawi as a precaution against any spreading of a deadly Ebola outbreak, a senior health ministry official said.
More than 1,800 people have died in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since Ebola broke out there in August last year.
Mozambique has yet to report an Ebola case, but DRC’s regional neighbours have been on high alert while the World Health Organization (WHO) has elevated the crisis to a global health emergency.
Checkpoints began operating in the Milage and Morrumbala districts in the Zambezia province and controls are expected to widen to other provinces of Mozambique that share borders with Malawi, according to a ministry of health official.
“Setting up Ebola checkpoints is a guideline given by decision of the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization to prevent the spread of the disease to other countries” Zambezia province health director, Hidayate Kassim told reporters.

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