Singapore ramps up safeguards against Ebola

Singapore ramps up safeguards against Ebola
A nurse in a specialised unit for Ebola cases at the Royal Free Hospital in north London. In Singapore, the Health Ministry has maintained that the disease poses a low public health risk to the country.

SINGAPORE - Singapore is taking more measures to guard against Ebola, amid the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease.

Nationals of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria - where most cases have occurred - will be issued individual health advisories when they come through Singapore's immigration checkpoints, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday.

The advisory says that if travellers become unwell with Ebola symptoms, such as sudden high fever, stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, rash or bleeding within three weeks of being in Ebola-hit areas of West Africa, they should see a doctor early at any clinic in Singapore.

They are also reminded to inform the doctor of where they have been.

The ministry will also put up similar health advisory posters at Changi Airport's arrival halls.

MOH maintained, however, that the disease still poses a low public health risk to Singapore.

This is because it can transmit from an infected person only if there is direct contact of bodily fluids. The current outbreak is also still contained within West Africa, and Singapore has no direct flights to and from affected areas.

Singapore's additional measures come after the United States issued its highest-level alert for Ebola yesterday.

The death toll for Ebola has topped 900, with 45 deaths between last Saturday and Monday.

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