Measures in place to face Ebola, says Subra

This article was published in The Star,

Published: Sunday August 3, 2014 MYT 1:16:00 PM
Updated: Sunday August 3, 2014 MYT 2:54:14 PM

ebola_micrograph_0KUALA 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 on Sunday.

He said the Health Ministry had strengthened preparedness and response activities, particularly at entry points into the country such as the KL International Airport.

The National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre was monitoring the situation, 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.

Dr Subramaniam said the Institute for Medical Research has a laboratory that could detect the Ebola virus.

He added that government hospitals nationwide were equipped with facilities to treat patients.

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