Johor to continue screening for Ebola

Although there are no direct flights into Johor from countries affected by the Ebola virus, State Health and Environment committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said entry points would continue to be closely monitored.

"Thermal scanners have been installed at entry points here.

Our focus is on those who have visited countries reported to have Ebola cases in the last 21 days," he said in reply to Datuk Adam Sumiru (BN-Tanjung Puteri).

To another question by Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (PKR-Bukit Batu), Ayub said the state authorities were prepared for the screening task.

"We handled a similar situation when the MERS-CoV virus symptom was detected on a visitor," he said, adding that the Health Department had also identified several hospitals to treat visitors suspected of having Ebola.

Ayub said that the department had also conducted a series of simulation exercises with regards to Ebola mainly among the front-liners.

"A state-level briefing on Ebola, involving agencies such as the Lembaga Tabung Haji, Immigration Department, government and private higher education institutions was held on Oct 30," he added.