2 Nigerians taken to Vietnam hospital free from fever

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A quarantined zone at Ho Chi Minh City's Hospital of Tropical Diseases where two Nigerian men found with fever-like symptoms are staying in. Photo credit: VnExpress A quarantined zone at Ho Chi Minh City's Hospital of Tropical Diseases where two Nigerian men found with fever-like symptoms are staying in. Photo credit: VnExpress

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Two Nigerian men brought to a Ho Chi Minh City hospital on Tuesday evening with fever-like symptoms are not having fever, according to doctors.
The pair arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC on a Qatar Airways flight. They were taken to the Hospital of Tropical Diseases after being detected as having high temperatures by body temperature thermal imaging cameras at the airport.
They were kept in a quarantined zone of the hospital.
On Wednesday morning, doctors said the pair was not having fever and are in good health.
They are still kept under medical watch.
Nguyen Dac Phu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, called on passengers who boarded the flight QR964 from Nigeria to HCMC at seats No. 24, 25, 26 and 27 near the two Nigerian men (at seats No. 25B and 26D) to come to the nearest medical centers for health check or call to mobile number 0989 671 115 to be instructed on medical watch.
The ministry will send the list of these passengers to cities and provinces they stay so that local authorities could track down on them and keep them under medical watch.
On Tuesday evening, health authorities in Ho Chi Minh City sent the blood samples of the Nigerian men to test for Ebola virus, but the results have not been announced yet.
Vietnam has introduced mandatory temperature checks at its two major international airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to try to prevent passengers bringing the deadly virus into the country.
The World Health Organization said Tuesday the number of people who had died from Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria had reached 1,229, with 84 new fatalities reported from Aug. 14 to 16, the latest available figures.
The total number of cases was reported as 2,240, an increase of 113 in the same period.

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