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PH: Repatriation for Ebola not yet determined

2014-08-04 17:50

A repatriation of Filipinos from West African countries is not yet decided, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recently stated, amid concerns about the spread of the deadly disease of Ebola spreading in the region.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet declared an epidemic so we are waiting for a signal from them,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said Monday when asked whether they will raise the crisis alert level from 2 (restriction phase) to 3 (voluntary repatriation).

As of July 27, the WHO has recorded 1,323 total cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The number of deaths is at 729 and continues to rise.

This is the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history. Health officials have said that the virus was spreading faster than it could be contained.

“The Ebola epidemic trend in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone remains precarious with ongoing community and health-facility transmissions of infection. The surge in the number of new Ebola Virus cases calls for concentrated efforts by all to address the identified problems, such as health facility transmission and effective contact tracing,” the WHO said in its outbreak bulletin July 31, 2014.

Jose assured that just like with the Middle-east Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-COV), there will be strict screening of persons coming into the Philippines, including possible repatriates, to ensure the virus will not spread in the country.

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