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Vietnam requires visitors from Ebola-hit Congo to fill out health declaration forms

(13:50:09 PM 28/08/2014)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Vietnamese health authorities on Wednesday issued a new rule requiring all visitors coming to Vietnam from the Congo, a Central African country, to fill out health declaration forms as a measure to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that is raging in Africa.

 Vietnam requires visitors from Ebola-hit Congo to fill out health declaration forms

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia, Liberia August 17, 2014.

 

In an urgent message sent to all health departments in provinces and cities yesterday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Heath asked them to strictly enforce the new rule that took effect at 3:00 pm on August 27.

Accordingly, the health declaration will be applied to those who have left the Congo for less than 21 days before arriving in Vietnam.

Such duration is set out because Ebola virus disease (EVD) has an incubation period ranging from two to 21 days, the ministry explained.

The new rule came after the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a total of 24 suspected and confirmed Ebola cases were identified in the Congo between July 28 and August 18, including 13 deaths.

Before the Congo, Vietnam had applied the same regulation to visitors from four other African countries, including Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
More than 2,600 suspected and confirmed cases, including 1,427 deaths, have been recorded in the four countries since it was first detected in the remote jungles of southeast Guinea in March this year, the WHO said.

The EVD is a highly dangerous virus that has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, said the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

It is often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches, and a sore throat, the ministry added.

Competent agencies in Vietnam, including authorities at international airports in Hanoi, Da Nang City and Ho Chi Minh City, are taking necessary measures to prevent the deadly virus, which could be brought in by visitors coming from the Ebola-stricken countries, the ministry said.
 
No sign of an Ebola infection has been found in Vietnam so far, the ministry added.
Source: Tuoi Tre
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