Malaysians in EVA countries told to remain vigilant

Malaysians in EVA countries told to remain vigilant
This colorised transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

SEREMBAN - Malaysians who visited Ebola-virus affected (EVA) countries in West Africa recently have been told to seek medical attention if they feel sick.

This, the Health Ministry said, was a precaution against a disease which had claimed more than 150 lives in Guinea and Liberia.

The ministry said those who had been to the two nations - the worst hit so far - should seek medical attention if they had fever, headaches, body aches, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, red eyes and rashes.

"Those who come into direct contact with body fluids of an infected person or animal are at risk," it said.

The ministry also said those planning to visit EVA countries should be aware of the areas where outbreaks had been reported.

The Ebola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a rare but often fatal illness in humans. EVA outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.

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