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PH: Ebola monitoring tightened at international airports

2014-08-08 16:10

The highest alert level has been issued for all international flights coming into Cebu through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), as part of the measures to prevent the entry of Ebola-stricken passengers.

An official of the Bureau of Quarantine said all passengers and crew of international flights landing at the MCIA will be thoroughly checked for possible symptoms of the Ebola virus, amid an outbreak of the disease that has claimed more than 900 lives in Africa.  

While there are no direct flights from Ebola-affected countries in Western Africa to Cebu, the monitoring is still tightened since some international passengers might have taken transit flights from those countries going to the Philippines.

Passengers of international flights will be given a checklist for easy contact tracing, while thermal scanners are placed at the MCIA to easily trace passengers with symptoms of the agressive virus. The scanners have also been put up at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the same purpose.

Although no cases of Ebola has been reported in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday urged the public to remain vigilant against the deadly virus, for which there has been no licensed treatment or vaccine.

The Department, meanwhile, has already coordinated with different hospitals and other agencies to quickly address any cases of Ebola infection that might occur in the country.


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