Ebola screens intensify at all entry points

Ebola screens intensify at all entry points

PETALING JAYA - The Health Ministry has intensified screening of visitors at all entry points, including international airports although the risk of Ebola reaching the country is minimal.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said various departments and agencies had been mobilised to keep the deadly virus out.

"Currently, checks involve body temperature screening and detailed profiling of those with a temperature of over 37.5°C," he said.

The minister said additional precaution would be taken if the visitor had been to affected countries recently.

The Ebola outbreak has seriously hit Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that heads of state in countries hit by the outbreak declare national emergencies and ensure efficient and effective implementation and monitoring of control measures, including community awareness and infection prevention and control.

Ebola can only be spread by direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, from those who died from Ebola, or from contamination of objects such as needles.

Meanwhile, Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said Malaysians need not fear Ebola as the virus had not been reported here.

"We should be more concerned over dengue, which has claimed more than 120 lives," he said.

"Affected countries should do as we are doing now, in line with the WHO advisory."

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