Due to a rising ebola outbreak, Thai disease control officials announced today that they had enhanced screening of passengers from Africa.
According to the prime minister’s spokeswoman Traisuli Traisornkul, security procedures have been reinforced at airports as infections in Uganda have increased recently. Before entering Thailand, visitors arriving from African countries must register at the communicable illness checkpoint at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
According to Uganda’s Health Ministry, there were 90 recorded cases and 44 fatalities as of yesterday. Five of the eleven affected public health professionals have passed away. Outside of Uganda, there have been no examples found.
Even if the numbers are still rather low, ebola kills about 50% of those who get it. According to the Communicable Diseases Act, it is categorized as a serious contagious disease.
Ebola has no known treatment. The current outbreak has not been deemed a public health emergency by the WHO.
The outbreak, which is concentrated in west and central Uganda, started in late September. Due to prompt prevention measures, the Ugandan government forecasts that the pandemic will stop this year.
by: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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