Health sector keeps watch on international travelers

Vietnam has no case of the  Ebola virus  disease and the health sector continue keeping close watch on international tourists, said head of the Preventive Medicine Center Tran Dac Phu at a press briefing on Ebola virus disease on August 28 held by the Ministry of Health.

However, the country is at high risk of having the disease as many travelers have arrived in Vietnam including those from Ebola-hit nations, Mr. Phu said.

From August 11 to 26, staffs from international health quarantine centers in border gates reported 128 people from Ebola-hit nations entering Vietnam. Most of them entered Vietnam through Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Noi Bai Airport.

Among them, 30 are Vietnamese from Liberia and 98 foreigners from Nigeria. Only one of them goes through the incubation period of two to 21 days; accordingly medical workers keep them under close observation.

Just a few Vietnamese people are still living in West Africa Ebola-hit nations, said Mr. Phu.

12 Vietnamese still live in Nigeria excluding staffs of Embassy of Vietnam; 24 people in Sierra Leone; around 60 people in Guinea and 10 free Vietnamese lancers in Liberia. There has been no report of Vietnamese people infected with Ebola virus disease so far.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked Vietnam's embassies in West African nations to inform the disease to Vietnamese citizens for preventing transmission.

The Ministry of Health said that the disease developed sophisticatedly in West African countries and there is high risk of transmission.

No Ebola infection has been found in Vietnam so far and local competent agencies have taken all necessary measures to prevent a penetration of the deadly virus, which may be brought in by visitors coming from the epidemic areas.

The disease is on upward trend in Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone. So far around 2,615 infected cases have been recorded including 1,427 deaths. More than 225 medical workers have been transmitted the disease and around 130 of them died of the disease.

By Khanh Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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