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Lebanon takes preventative measures against Ebola

File photo of travelers at Beirut airport.(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Medical teams examined arriving passengers at Beirut airport Monday as part of the Health Ministry's measures to prevent the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus.

“The medical teams are examining the passengers coming from Africa, particularly those who have symptoms of fever, diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath or throat pain,” said a statement by the Health Ministry.

The World Health Organization said Sunday that Liberia had confirmed two cases of Ebola virus while the outbreak has killed at least 70 people in Guinea.

Over a dozen deaths in Sierra Leone and Liberia are suspected to be linked to Ebola, an extremely lethal virus.

Medical teams at the Rafik Hariri International Airport are instructed to immediately transfer any person suspected of having the infectious disease to a hospital for “emergency treatment.”

“In addition, flyers are being distributed to raise awareness of the disease, its symptoms and risks, and ways to prevent the transmission by those arriving or departing [Beirut],” the ministry said.

The first breakout of Ebola, a virus spread by close contact, was in 1976 in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo. There is no vaccine or drug that fights the virus to date.

 

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