Hanoi health authorities are watching three students from Nigeria for flu-like symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The students, who arrived in Vietnam between July 31 and August 8 to attend a college in Hanoi, are asked to stay indoor under a 21-day fever watch.
Health authorities said the students remained healthy, and underwent medical checkups everyday. They were asked to inform health officers as soon as they have symptoms of fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea and haemorrhage.
The Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 1,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the outbreak began in March. Four people have also died in Nigeria as of August 17.
The virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood or urine, unlike an airborne virus like influenza or the common cold. A person exposed to the virus can take up to 21 days to exhibit any symptoms.
Health officials visit a Nigerian student who came to Vietnam to attend a college and was put under 21-day watch for Ebola virus. Photo credit: VnExpress.
On Aug. 15, deputy health minister Nguyen Thanh Long and experts from the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hanoi Health Department visited the students.
The Hanoi Health Department has established two hotlines 0969082115 and 0949396115 to receive Ebola-related information and provide consultative services.
On Thursday, Tran Dac Phu, chief of the General Department of Preventive Medicine, said in a conference the Ministry of Health is planning to buy 10,000 protective outfits for health officers facing high risks of Ebola-virus infection while on duty.
No Ebola-infected case has been detected in Vietnam.