East African nations meet on Ebola as DRC toll reaches 113

The Ebola virus has now claimed 113 lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as experts from seven East African countries completed meetings in Uganda focused on response to the outbreak.

“The discussions focused on the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the current Ebola epidemic in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri,” said Dr. Oly Ilunga, the Congolese health minister.

“Participating countries worked to develop an action plan to strengthen their cross-border surveillance, emergency preparedness and disease response mechanisms,” he added.

Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda also attended the meetings.

Congolese officials quelled last week’s rumor that the disease had spread into Uganda, but the World Health Organization and regional officials…

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