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Asia on alert against Ebola with thermal cameras and doctors at airports

Published on Aug 8, 2014 5:30 PM
 
A poster reading "Ebola Sickness" is displayed at the main entrance of Nigerian Health Minister's office in Abuja on Aug 6, 2014. Asian nations are using thermal imaging cameras and posting doctors at airports to screen out sick travellers as health authorities scramble to avert any outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed almost 1,000 people in West Africa. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Asian nations are using thermal imaging cameras and posting doctors at airports to screen out sick travellers as health authorities scramble to avert any outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed almost 1,000 people in West Africa.

The four nations of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone are struggling to combat the world's worst outbreak of Ebola, which has a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent, with no known vaccine or cure.

The World Health Organisation declared the West Africa epidemic an "extraordinary event" and an international public health emergency on Friday.

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Asia, but health authorities who have battled deadly viruses, such as bird flu and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in recent years, were dusting off the drills used for those outbreaks.

 
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