Kenyan health authorities have begun screening travelers seeking to enter the country following an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Health Minister Sicily Kariuki announced the commencement of the routine checks on Wednesday, a move the country hopes will keep the dreaded disease outside its borders.
The DR Congo health ministry confirmed that at least 17 people had died of Ebola in the north-west town of Bikoro.
Following the confirmation, the World Health Organisation stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly disease. It released US$ 1million from an emergency fund and has deployed more than 50 experts to work with local officials.
This is the ninth time an Ebola outbreak has been recorded in the DR Congo.
The disease killed thousands of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2014.
The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
Ebola is endemic to the DR Congo. The last Ebola outbreak in the country occurred in 2017 in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country and was quickly contained thanks to joint efforts by the Government of DRC, WHO and many different partners.