KAMPALA (Xinhua) --
Health experts and government officials from East
African states agreed to intensify cross-border collaboration to
prevent the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak
Organization (WHO) Uganda office in a statement issued on
Thursday said the participants meeting under the East African
Integrated Disease Surveillance Network agreed to enhance
disease surveillance, emergency preparedness and response in
East Africa including DRC.
were from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
countries will develop an action plan for cross-border disease
surveillance and emergency preparedness and response activities
with clear roles and responsibilities of the various parties
involved,” said the statement.
The Ebola virus is
highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including
fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in
many cases internal and external bleeding.
Mortality rates of
Ebola fever, according to WHO, are extremely high, with the
human case-fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent,
depending on viral sub-type.