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Health Ministry warns travellers of Ebola outbreak

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Travellers arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport. KT/Mai Vireak

The Health Ministry on Monday released a statement warning travellers of Ebola after the World Health Organisation declared a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said on Monday that the WHO reported that the virus has infected 44 people in DRC.

Mr Sovann said anyone travelling to and from Africa should be aware of the new outbreak.

“In Cambodia, there has never been a case, but we are concerned that it could spread to our country,” he said.

Mr Sovann, who is also director of the ministry’s Department of Communicable Diseases, said the department has taken measures to strengthen the prevention of the virus in Cambodia.

Immigration staff will screen travellers at chechpoints. KT/Mai Vireak

He said that information regarding the virus was disseminated among health officials across the country. He also said the department will cooperate with immigration agents to check all travellers from Africa.

“People with history of travelling to Africa and who have symptoms of a fever over 38.5 degrees Celsius, muscle pains, tiredness, vomiting, red spots or bleeding must report to the nearest hospital and avoid contact with family members until you are cleared,” he said.

The WHO said the virus spreads between humans by direct contact of bodily fluids including blood, semen, urine, sweat, saliva and breast milk. Symptoms tend to arise two to 21 days after initial contact.

“People at airports are more susceptible to the virus and people should avoid direct contact with others who display symptoms,” a WHO statement said. “Use soap and water to clean your hands and seek urgent medical attention if you suspect you have the virus.”

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