PORT-EBOLA/BM CALL FOR STRINGENT CHECKS ON SHIPS COMING FROM EBOLA HIT COUNTRIES

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PORT-EBOLA/BM CALL FOR STRINGENT CHECKS ON SHIPS COMING FROM EBOLA HIT COUNTRIES
Aug 3 10:23
SHAH ALAM,The Union of Employees of Port Ancillary Services Suppliers (Unepass) has called on port health officials here to conduct stringent inspection on crew members of ships arriving from Ebola hit countries. Its secretary, A.Balasubramaniam said this was to ensure that crew members with suspected Ebola cases did not spread the disease to local port workers."In view of the recent Ebola outbreak where symptoms of the disease are not visible, more stringent screening of crew members coming from Ebola hit countries is essential."Currently, there is a procedure that all ships at ports are to be checked by health officials," he told Bernama. The Ebola virus is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. It is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.

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The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.
Those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.It has been reported that the Ebola outbreak has so far been located in West African countries namely in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Balasubramaniam said local port health officials and port authorities should carry out regular campaigns to educate workers on the Ebola virus and other communicable diseases which could spread by crew members of arriving ships.Health authorities should give handouts on the Ebola outbreak to port
workers nationwide to create awareness of the disease and cautious whenever they come in contact with workers having suspected case of the disease.