Woman with Ebola crosses south Africa border from Lesotho as
Lesotho confirmed its first case of Ebola.

Health officials in the mountain kingdom have told news men that  the woman displayed symptoms associated with the virus when she recently crossed the Ficksburg border in the Free State.

She was reportedly rushed to hospital where tests confirmed she had contracted the virus.

The ebola epidemic has claimed more than 2 000 lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to information released in August – the second-deadliest on record.

The virus has killed around 15 000 people in a known history of 43 years.

Free State Health Department spokesperson Mondli Mvambi told zolex he had not yet been informed of the incident, but that protocol dictates that an individual suspected to be carrying the virus would not be allowed across the South African border. 

National Health Department spokesperson Popo Maja could also not confirm the incident. 

The risk of introducing the Ebola virus disease (EVD), which is sowing havoc in the DRC, in South Africa remains low, according to an update by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), which was issued on August 1. 

The NCID said this was based on the outcome of an assessment conducted using a World Health Organisation (WHO) risk assessment tool.

“Currently, no travel or trade restrictions between South Africa and the DRC are recommended. Despite the low risk, steps are being taken to improve vigilance and preparedness to respond to any possible EVD cases that may be encountered in South Africa,” it added. 

Woman with Ebola crosses south Africa border from Lesotho as
Lesotho confirmed its first case of Ebola.

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