SUBRAMANIAM-EBOLA/BM MALAYSIA TAKES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOLLOWING EBOLA OUTBREAK IN AFRICA
Aug 3 12:13
KUALA LUMPUR,Malaysia has adopted precautionary measures following an outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in western Africa, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said today. He said the Health Ministry had strengthened preparedness and response activities, particularly at entry points into the country such as the KL
International Airport (KLIA). The National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) was monitoring and
coordinating the preparedness and response activities in facing EVD, he said in a statement. EVD broke out in March in western Africa. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it infected 1,323 people up to July 27 and has killed 729 in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The virus causes severe bleeding and has no known cure. Dr Subramaniam also said that the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) had a laboratory that could detect the Ebola virus and government hospitals nationwide had facilities to treat patients.