WV ports, airports on high alert for Ebola

Iloilo PortThe Department of Health (DOH) Region VI had intensified their monitoring of all incoming passengers at the airports and seaports in Western Visayas.

Although there has been no case of Ebola virus in the country, the health department in the region remained on high alert against the deadly virus, Dr. Marlyn Convocar, Regional Director of the DOH-6 stressed.

She said with the help of the Bureau of Quarantine, they are now strictly monitoring all passengers arriving, especially those coming from Central and West African countries such as Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia which account for most number of cases and deaths worldwide.

Convocar said the major entry points in the region are equipped with thermal scanners to detect passengers with fever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the DOH-6, symptoms are fever, headache, sore throat, and muscle pains, lack of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, malfunctioning of the liver and kidneys, which lead to bleeding.

Some patients may experience rashes, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, shortness of breath, swallowing difficulties and bleeding inside and outside of the body.

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus.

Convocar said the disease can be acquired through direct contact with a person positive of Ebola, exposure to the patient’s body fluids and contaminated belongings, and contact with a cadaver of an Ebola-infected person.

Ebola virus is transferred from stricken animals found in tropical rainforests in Africa to Hunters and spreads across rural communities. Health workers treating the patients sometimes get infected

As of now, there is no known vaccine or cure for the virus; afflicted person can improve the rate of survival by seeking medical care immediately.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola virus outbreak is the worst in four decades. Nearly 1,000 have died for the virus in the hardest hit countries. IMT