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Kenya closes border with Uganda over Ebola scare

11 October 2014, 09:40

Nairobi - Kenya has closed its border with Uganda in the northwest region following reports that one person had died of suspected Ebola virus disease in Bukwo district, eastern Uganda.

Trans-Nzoia Deputy Governor Stanley Tarus announced on Friday the border point at Suam had been closed and movement restricted.

"We received reports that one person has died from disease suspected to be Ebola and we are not taking chances. We have closed the border and restricted movement," Tarus told journalists in Kitale, adding health workers have been posted to the border to conduct screens on Kenyans crossing back to the country.

Tarus, who made the remarks while receiving drugs purchased by the county from Nairobi, asked residents to limit movements to the neighboring country.

Read also: Ebola still rampant as toll nears 4 000

Kenya has not reported any Ebola case since the epidemic was declared an international health emergency in August. However, state officers have so far managed to nab six suspected cases that turned negative.

Kenya has been designated by the World Health Organization as an Ebola high risk country due to proximity to the tropical zone and movement of people from affected regions.

The ministry of health has ordered county governments to put deterrent measures as the risk of Ebola transmission spiked.

- Xinhua

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