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Government to issue statement on visitor who recently travelled to Liberia

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 1:05 PM

The National Security Ministry is to issue a statement shortly following reports that protocols were not observed in processing a visitor who recently travelled to Liberia.

Liberia is among a trio of West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

A security official told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the male visitor travelled to Jamaica from the United States yesterday.

Our sources say there was a high-level meeting a short while ago involving the national security ministry and immigration officials.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Ebola

“If for any reason an individual believes that he/she has been exposed to the virus, they should seek immediate medical treatment at a major hospital and reduce contact with other persons as much as possible,” said Dr Kevin Harvey, acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

Symptoms of Ebola include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.

This may be followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function and in some cases both internal and external bleeding leading to death.

The incubation period for the virus is anywhere from two to twenty one days.


Ebola facts

* If you believe you were exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, seek immediate medical attention. It is best to be safe than sorry.

* Early detection and immediate treatment can make a big difference between life and death.

* If you have been in a known Ebola-infected area or come in contact with a person known or suspected to have Ebola and you begin to have symptoms, DO NOT travel and immediately call your doctor, hospital or health centre.

* Get medical care right away if you have a fever higher than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain or unexplained bruising or bleeding.

* Tell your doctor about any recent travel to Ebola-infected countries, especially West Africa, or contact with a person who was sick with Ebola BEFORE you go to the doctor's office, clinic or hospital.

* Calling before you go to the doctor or health centre will help the health authorities determine how to treat you and protect persons you may come in contact with there or on your way.

It is VERY important that you stay away from everyone once you begin to show symptoms.

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