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Health ministry advise against non-essential travel to Ebola affected countries

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson has advised Jamaicans against non-essential travel to Ebola affected countries.

The virus has been attacking persons in countries such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ferguson, who was speaking at a press conference yesterday, while Jamaica is not at risk the health ministry is keeping abreast of developments.

He noted that Jamaica continues to enjoy the support of the University of the West Indies Virology Lab, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Caribbean Public Health Agency) for testing if needed.

The health minister urged Jamaicans to play their part in keeping the country Ebola free.

The health ministry says the Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal illness with a death rate of up to 90 per cent.

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.

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

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