According to Rusizi district officials, some residents involved in smuggling goods from DRC use shortcuts through River Rusizi hence posing security threats.
Speaking to IGIHE, the mayor of Rusizi district, Ephrem Kayumba has warned residents opting to cross through such restricted areas that it is against Government’s mechanisms to prevent Ebola and would lead to security threats.
“This is a serious issue because some residents cross through illegal entry points and shortcuts. Such people cannot be easily differentiated from insecurity architects and spreading Ebola virus prevalent in the neighboring country,” he said.
In August 2019, two people from Bukavu town bordering with Rusizi district were identified to have contracted Ebola.
Kayumba appealed on residents to cross through authorized borders as support to initiatives aimed at maintaining security.
Rwanda, RDC authorized borders on the side of Rusizi district include Rusizi I, Rusizi II and Kamanyola border located in Bugarama sector.
At least 2000 people have died from the virus since the current outbreak started in DR Congo in August 2018, more than two-thirds of those who contracted the virus.
Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by Ebola viruses.
Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches.
Vomiting, diarrhea, and rash usually follow, along with the decreased function of the liver and kidneys.
At this time, some people begin to bleed both internally and externally. The disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25 and 90 percent of those infected, with an average of about 50 percent. This is often due to low blood pressure from fluid loss and typically follows six to sixteen days after symptoms appear.
The virus spreads through direct contact with body fluids, such as blood from infected humans or other animals. Spread may also occur from contact with items recently contaminated with bodily fluids.
Rwanda has not yet recorded any Ebola cases.
Rwanda has in recent past stepped up efforts to prevent Ebola from spreading to the country, including scaling up screenings at all points of entry, surveillance, vaccinating frontline workers including health and immigration officers, public sensitization, among other measures.