Ethiopia sets up anti-Ebola committee

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Addis Ababa, 4 August 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopia has set up a national committee to draw up a plan to prevent and contain any possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, which is currently sweeping West Africa, the country’s Public Health Institute said.

“A national committee is set up to design a guideline enabling to prevent Ebola,” institute spokesperson Abel Yeshaneh told Anadolu Agency. "The guideline will be made official soon.”

“Members of the committee are drawn from the Ethiopian Airlines, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders,” he said.

National flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, which operates extensive flight network connecting affected West Africa countries to other parts of the world, said that it is implementing “precautions in connection with the outbreak of the disease in some parts of West Africa.”

While continuing daily flights as usual, the national carrier said “stringent and specific surveillance is being carried out regarding all flights from West Africa at Addis Ababa airport.”
Thus far, Abel said, there is no reported case of Ebola in Ethiopia.

Ebola, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and also spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected person or someone who has died of the disease.

According to FBC, medical doctors say common symptoms of Ebola include high fever and headaches, followed by bleeding from openings in the body.