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Ferguson, local Entertainment Industry reps to have Ebola talks

Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 2:05 PM
Dr Fenton Ferguson - File

The Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson is to meet with representatives of the Entertainment Industry to speak to the issue of non-essential travel to Ebola affected countries in West Africa.

Ferguson says the meeting will also involve the Tourism Minister and that tough decisions will have to be made.

He says if the entertainers decide to go to Africa, despite his appeals the Government's actions may include quarantining them on their return.

According to the ministry, steps have been taken to heighten surveillance and staff has already been sensitised and trained specifically with respect to Ebola.

The ministry says Public hospitals across the island have also identified isolation areas and a facility has been refurbished specifically to accommodate isolation for Ebola.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness with a death rate of up to 90 per cent.

It is transmitted through direct contact with blood, and other bodily fluids or secretion such as stool, saliva, urine and semen of infected persons.


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