BEIRUT: The Health Ministry instructed medical teams to take measures at Rafik Hariri International Airport to prevent an Ebola virus outbreak in the country by monitoring passengers coming from countries where there is a prevalence of the virus.
Ebola leads to vomiting, diarrhea and external bleeding and has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.
An unprecedented outbreak of the disease has been recorded in Central Africa, especially Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three countries which boast large Lebanese communities.
The medical teams will check passengers arriving from African countries, especially those who appear to have high temperatures, cough and vomiting. Should any passenger show symptoms, they will be transported to the nearest medical center for treatment.
The ministry will also distribute flyers to raise awareness about the virus, its symptoms and dangers.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 01, 2014, on page 4.