Vietnam takes preventive measures against Ebola

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Health workers, wearing head-to-toe protective gear, prepare for work, outside an isolation unit for patients with Ebola virus disease in Foya District, Lofa County, Liberia in this July 2014 UNICEF handout photo. Photo: Reuters Health workers, wearing head-to-toe protective gear, prepare for work, outside an isolation unit for patients with Ebola virus disease in Foya District, Lofa County, Liberia in this July 2014 UNICEF handout photo. Photo: Reuters

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Vietnam's Ministry of Health has instructed relevant agencies to step up preventive measures against the highly fatal Ebola virus which has killed more than 800 people in West Africa so far this year.
Provincial health agencies will coordinate with immigration authorities to monitor international visitors, especially arrivals from countries experiencing outbreaks.
Suspected cases will have to be quarantined and have submit to lab tests.
Health facilities must prepare equipment and relevant medicines, including protective masks and clothing for hospital staff.
The order also called on local governments to raise awareness about preventive measures and at the same time prevent panic, according to the instruction.
The ministry warned that Ebola is an aggressive virus that's up to 90 percent fatal among infected cases.
According to the World Health Organization, the virus is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.
As of July 30, the WHO working in partnership with the ministries of health in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria announced a cumulative total of 1,440 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease and 826 deaths, since the current outbreak began in Guinea in February.
The infection is transmitted by direct contact through blood, body fluids and tissue of infected animals or people. During an outbreak, those at the highest risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients, the WHO warned.

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