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Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Kyrgyz people not to travel to Ebola-hit countries in Africa

Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry calls on citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic to refrain from traveling to countries in Africa hit by Ebola.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, number of cases of infection with the Ebola virus is growing. According to information of the World Health Organization (WHO), by mid-July of this year the number of cases with Ebola was 964 people. In the period from 24 to 27 July, 122 new cases of infection with the Ebola virus have been registered and 57 people - in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, died as a result of the disease caused by this virus. At the same time WHO experts say that the real number of cases and deaths could be much higher.

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.

In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Kyrgyz citizens intending to travel to Liberia and other African countries to comply with all the necessary measures of sanitary and hygienic standards, to minimize contact with the local population or temporarily not to travel to these countries.

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