Four more cases of Ebola reported in Democratic Republic of Congo

Visitors entering Kenya to be screened for Ebola following outbreak in DRC

In a statement, Mrs. Yakubu said: "Following a fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, FAAN has re-assured passengers and other airport users of safety across its network of airports". A new outbreak of the disease has been confirmed by the DRC Ministry of Health in the north-west of the country, near the town of Ikoko Impenge, next to the town of Bikoro.

The World Health Organisation said that at least 17 people from a village in the country have died after they began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December.

The pledge comes after the DRC government announced the latest outbreak this week, following tests that confirmed two cases of Ebola in the Bikoro area, near the north-west border.

Bikoro health zone has a population of around 163 000 people with three hospitals and 19 health centres covering the population, most with limited functionality.

Nigeria's airports, seaports and land borders have been placed on high alert after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola this week.

Mr Ilunga said 17 deaths that drew the attention of health officials over the weekend to the region had not yet been confirmed as resulting from Ebola.

Only two cases have been confirmed as Ebola, by a laboratory in the capital Kinshasa.

Visitors entering Kenya to be screened for Ebola following outbreak in DRC

Another 11 people, including three nurses, are ill with the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bikoro Hospital director Dr. Serge Ngalebato told The Associated Press earlier Thursday that nurses at the hospital were among the five suspected Ebola cases there. DRC's health ministry said that it had sent a team of 12 experts to find the epicenter of the outbreak and the affected villages, and trace the new contacts of the disease.

The worst Ebola epidemic in history ended in West Africa just two years ago after killing more than 11,300 people and infecting 28,600 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate.

Nigeria has already stepped up screening processes at this entry points including major global airports in the country to ensure no outbreak is recorded.

Ikoko Impenge is located in the northwestern portion of the country near the Congo River, which is a major trade and transportation route.

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