Christmas travel could trigger the Ebola outbreak to spread from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda, experts fear. Officials have warned that thousands of families will make the journey over the border to visit family and buy food during the festive period. But the World Health Organization are concerned this heightens the risk that the killer Ebola virus will also make the same journey. The ongoing outbreak in the DRC is the second biggest to ever be recorded, with figures showing 319 people in the African nation have died so far. Countries bordering the DRC, including Uganda, are already on high alert, as health experts said the virus ‘moves closer every day’. The death toll of Ebola has reached a suspected 319, including 271 confirmed, in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the second biggest outbreak in history Andrew Bakainaga, a senior WHO official in Uganda, said: ‘Christmas is a particular concern because we know there is a lot of movement as people buy food and visit family. ‘We expect the number of people moving across the border might increase from around 300,000 to 500,000 per month.’ Figures have confirmed that 491 people have been struck down with Ebola… Read full this story
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