Health Authorities on High Alert on Ebola Virus Entering the City
After a Hong Kong woman was treated after getting ill after a recent trip to Kenya, although the woman tested negative for the Ebola virus, Hong Kong health authorities are increasing its surveillance in detecting the deadly virus. The decision also came after a British man was also quarantined after being diagnose with fever after coming from a flight from Nigeria, the man also tested negative.
Hong Kong is on high alert of the Ebola virus that is currently spreading through West Africa in what they say is the worst outbreak in the history. Health chief Ko Wing-man is now discussing contingency plans in case of an outbreak. Even is there are no direct flights from West Africa to Hong Kong, there are still chances that passengers that are infected with the virus can come to the city by plane. Hong Kong’s center for Health Protection chairman of the scientific committee on infection control Dominic Tsang Ngai-chong stated that the public hospitals will start reporting and test passengers that develop any symptoms after traveling from to and from the affect countries in Africa within 21 days.
No news on the virus being detected in Shenzhen so far and the city health authorities are closely monitoring it as well. The Ebola virus is hard to immediately diagnose since its symptoms is similar to the flu virus. The virus has an incubation period of 21 days and there is no treatment or vaccine for it yet.