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Philippines adopts measures to prevent Ebola

AFP | Last Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 16:37

Manila: The Philippines` Department of Health (DOH) Thursday said that it has adopted precautionary measures to prevent the entry and spread of the Ebola virus in the country.

Amid the growing threat of the disease, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said there was still no cause for alarm, Xinhua reported.

"We are not worried but we are concerned and when we say we are concerned, we are doing everything to make sure that (the disease) does not reach our people," Ona said.

He said quarantine personnel at Philippine airports have already been instructed to make sure that all incoming travellers go through thermal scanners.

Ona said the DOH also has reagents and testing kits which can be used for early diagnosis of cases.

He said the Philippine government will educate overseas Filipino workers in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone about the disease. 

According to the UN, 670 people in West Africa have died of Ebola virus disease since February, 224 of them in Sierra Leone.

First Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 16:37
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