Thursday, October 23, 2014   

Ebola safeguards announced
(07-31 10:07)

The government has announced new measures to guard against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak that's killed hundreds of people in West Africa.

The Hospital Authority says anyone who comes down with a fever within three weeks after travelling to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be sent to Princess Margaret Hospital for a blood test.

A newspaper earlier reported that a woman who'd recently returned from Kenya has shown symptoms associated with Ebola, and was quarantined at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

But the Hospital Authority's Chief Infection Control Officer, Dr Dominic Tsang, said the patient has now been discharged, and authorities had never suspected that she had Ebola.

Although there have been no suspected cases of the disease in Hong Kong so far, the government says it will be highly vigilant against the ebola epidemic.

Health officials have designated Princess Margaret Hospital in Lai Chi Kok as the treatment centre for all suspected cases. --RTHK   
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