Kerala government steps up Ebola screening at airports
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As the Ebola epidemic, which has
claimed more than 4000 lives across the world, causes concern, Kerala government
has stepped up screening at airports and examined over 450 passengers who
arrived from various infested countries.
A top health department official said no one has
tested positive for the deadly virus that has claimed large number of lives in
Africa and in some other parts of the world.
Besides airports, the screening will soon be extended
to sea ports also to check possible threat of its spread in the state, State
Health Secretary K Elangovan said.
“No Ebola positive case has been reported so far in
the state. We have already taken strict measures to monitor the situation and
stepped up screening at the airports. We are now mulling extending similar
checks at seaports also,” he told PTI.
Of the total 469 persons screened, blood samples of
two, who had fever, were collected and sent for analysis which tested negative,
“If any suspected case comes across during screening,
we will keep them on observation. Generally, the observation will be extended
from two to 21 days. Junior health inspectors are assigned to keep frequent
contacts with them and continuously monitor their health during the period of
observation,” he said.
A meeting of health officials in the state will be
held here tomorrow which will discuss further measures to be taken in this
regard, the official added.
A decision of imparting training to health officials
of all states on ways and means to detect and prevent Ebola was taken at a
high-level meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth at Delhi on October