The Tanzanian Health Minister launched an "alert" on Sunday following the outbreak of Ebola cases this week in Uganda, a country with which Tanzania shares a long border.
"I would like to draw public attention to the existence of a threat of Ebola outbreak in our country after the epidemic of this disease in Uganda. Said Minister of Health Ummy Mwalimu.
It justified this warning by "the important interactions between the populations of the two countries via the official borders or other unofficial channels".
"I would like to draw public attention to the existence of a threat of Ebola outbreak in our country as a result of the outbreak of this disease." disease in Uganda.
"The Kagera, Mwanza and Kigoma (northwest) regions are the most endangered, but as this disease is transmitted very easily and quickly from one person to the other, almost the entire country is in danger. danger, "said the minister.
Ummy Mwalimu began a tour of these areas on Saturday to assess the measures put in place, particularly at ports and border posts, to deal with possible cases of Ebola.
Tanzania has not had any Ebola cases so far.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the Ebola epidemic that has been raging since August 2018 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and that has spread to Uganda does not make any sense. is not a global "emergency" for health, WHO Committee of Emergency whereas the risk of international spread remains "low".
However, the organization added that the current epidemic, which has killed more than 1,400 people, is an "emergency for the world". DRC and the region ".
Two Ugandan parents died during the week after attending the funeral of a deceased Ebola parent at DRC.
A third infected family member, a three-year-old child, and four other relatives under observation have since been transferred to the center. DRC for treatment. At present, there is no official case of Ebola in Uganda.