April 1, 2023

Cameroonian authorities stated the border motion restrictions had been imposed in view of ‘the excessive threat of importation’ of the unidentified illness.

Cameroon has restricted motion alongside its border with Equatorial Guinea following “a number of unexplained deaths” from an unknown sickness that causes hemorrhagic fever, Minister of Public Well being Malachie Manaouda stated on Friday.

The restrictions had been imposed in view of “the excessive threat of importation of this illness and with the intention to detect and reply to any instances at an early stage”, he stated in a press release.

Investigations are beneath method and epidemiological surveillance has been strengthened with the help of specialists from the World Well being Group (WHO) and the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

“On the present stage … there isn’t any motive to be anxious,” Malachie stated.

Equatorial Guinea stated in a press release on Wednesday that it had registered an “uncommon epidemiological scenario” over the previous weeks in its Nsok Nsomo district, Kie-Ntem province, that precipitated 9 deaths in two adjoining communities over a brief house of time.

A disaster fee arrange by the well being ministry reported a tenth demise on Thursday.

The signs noticed had been fever, weak spot, vomiting blood and diarrhoea. A crew was despatched to isolate contact instances and take samples that had been despatched to a regional WHO lab for testing. A girl and her two kids had been taken to hospital, the place they recovered after receiving delicate therapy, the assertion added.

A WHO spokesperson stated the company was supporting the testing of samples to establish what has precipitated the deaths and will get outcomes throughout the coming days.

Cameroon stated roughly 20 deaths had been recorded on Wednesday in villages in Equatorial Guinea’s Kie-Ntem province, which borders Cameroon’s Olamze district.

The signs of the “non-identified sickness” had been nostril bleeds, fever, joint ache and different illnesses that precipitated demise inside a number of hours, the top of well being for the district, Ngu Fankam Roland, stated in a press release.

He advised Reuters on Friday that no instances had been detected or suspected in Cameroon up to now.

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