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No Ebola cases in Jamaica, says health ministry

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 9:52 PM

The health ministry has moved swiftly to dismiss reports that a case of the deadly Ebola virus is on the island.



Acting permanent Secretary in the health ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, told a press conference this afternoon that the rumours may have started after a 65-year-old doctor fell ill yesterday and was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies.



Harvey says the physician had recently returned from Trinidad and Tobago.



Harvey stresses that the physician had not travelled to any Ebola-affected country nor had he been in contact with anyone with the virus.



He says the ministry is not at this time investigating any suspected cases.



Harvey explains that prevention of Ebola is an internationally coordinated effort at this time, which starts in affected countries.



He says it starts with screening of travellers leaving such countries for fever and other symptoms.



Harvey also says Jamaica has a surveillance system in place and local health workers would be able to spot infected persons quickly and isolate them.



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