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Ministry issues Ebola warning

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File photo shows a medical worker is seen outside an Ebola treatment center at the government hospital in Kenema, east of Sierra Leone, Aug. 18, 2014. (Xinhua/Meng Chenguang)

The Health Ministry yesterday advised people travelling to or intending to travel to countries in Africa to be careful about Ebola after the World Health Organization recently announced an outbreak of the disease in Congo.


Ly Sovann, the ministry’s Communicable Disease Control Department director, yesterday said that Ebola has now become a disease of international concern following the WHO’s recent alert.

He said the department appeals to those who have travelled to African countries to immediately seek hospital treatment if they experience a fever of over 38.5 degrees Celsius, muscle pains, tiredness, vomiting, red spots on their skins or bleeding.

“The World Health Organisation has issued an alert over the outbreak in Africa and although there is a low risk of it breaking out in this region, we have to take precautions because if there is even one case then it will spread rapidly because the disease is highly contagious,” Mr Sovann said.

He noted that the ministry had already placed scanners to detect the disease at border gates and international airports in the Kingdom.

Mr Sovann said that following the latest WHO alert, the ministry has informed officials at all border gates and airports to increase their vigilance on those entering the Kingdom.

“We have also strengthened our officials’ capacity to detect the disease and to isolate those who have symptoms of Ebola from other travellers,” he said. “We have also disseminated information to the public, especially those who frequently travel to countries in Africa, about the disease.”

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