Myanmar monitors Ebola virus at international entrance, exit

Myanmar monitors Ebola virus at international entrance, exit
Sunday, Aug 03, 2014
Media Eleven/Asia News Network

YNAGON, Myanmar- The medical staffs are now monitoring the EBOLA virus (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) at the international entrance and exit not to penetrate in Myanmar, according to the Disease Control Department under the Ministry of Health.

" In Myanmar, the prevention tasks against the diseases of H5N1 that has been broke out since 2003, flu in 2009 as well as H7N9 and MARS. Currently, the medical staffs are monitoring the EBOLA virus starting from May of this year.

The World Health Organisation-WHO gave instructions on tourism industry as the SARS virus broke out around the world. Regarding the EBOLA virus, they[WHO] have already said that the prevention tasks against the EBOLA virus must be extended with added momentum concerning the tourism services. The Ministry of Health is now checking all international exit and entrance. Currently, there is no EBOLA virus in Myanmar," said Dr. Soe Lwin Nyein, Deputy Director General of the Disease Control Department.

It is learnt that the ministry of health is now doing the medical checkup at the airports and jetties to those who returned from the disease outbreak countries, the health-care workers who are treating patients with suspected or confirmed EBOLA virus and their family members.

Moreover, the ministry of health has already announced a statement that if those people will suffer from the EBOLA virus, they can receive the medical treatment at the respective health care centers.

The statement also reported that the medical staffs need to carry out the preventive measures against the virus.

"The EBOLA virus has not been found in Myanmar yet. The virus can infect animal to animal. Myanmar people didn't eat those animals. That's why; the rate of disease outbreak is very less. If the disease will occur, we have a plan to render the medical treatments to those infected patients after drawing the emergency plan," said Dr. Kyaw Naing Oo, Deputy Director of the Myanmar's Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department.

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