Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fuad: Scanning at all ports for Ebola virus

Port of Spain

HEALTH Minister Dr Fuad Khan said yesterday that at all points of entry into Trinidad and Tobago, arriving passengers will be scanned for the Ebola virus.

If people are suspected of being infected they will be hospitalised.

Khan confirmed there was no case of the deadly Ebola virus in Trinidad and Tobago despite fears on Thursday after a man was admitted to a private hospital in the country following his arrival from Nigeria.

Dr Khan told the Sunday Express Trinidad and Tobago will not be dropping its guard with respect to the highly infectious disease which has a 90 per cent mortality rate.

An estimated 1,550 people have died since the virus was detected in Guinea in March.

It has since spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Latest reports indicate another West African state, Senegal, recorded its first case.

In Trinidad and Tobago there was another scare about two weeks ago when a passenger arriving from Nigeria after connecting in the United Kingdom displayed flu-like symptoms while aboard a jet that had landed at the Piarco International Airport.

The Ministry of Health in a statement reminded citizens that the Ebola virus can only be contracted through close contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person or a person who has succumbed to the disease.