Cameroon restricts movement after “unexplained deaths” from hemorrhagic fever

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Cameroon Health Ministry on Friday said the country has restricted movement along its border with Equatorial Guinea following “several unexplained deaths” from hemorrhagic fever.

In a statement, the ministry said the restrictions were imposed in “view of the high risk of importation of this disease and in order to detect and respond to any cases at an early stage.’’

It added that investigations were underway and epidemiological surveillance had been strengthened with the support of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Atlanta Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

Equatorial Guinea said in a statement on Wednesday that it had registered an “unusual epidemiological situation” over the past weeks in its Nsok Nsomo district, Kie-Ntem province that caused nine deaths.

Cameroon’s health ministry issued a statement on Thursday saying it had recorded around 20 deaths in villages in Equatorial Guinea’s Kie-Ntem province, which borders with Cameroon. Reuters

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