Health Minister: Egypt is Ebola-free – Al-Tahrir News Network

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Minister of Health Adel Adawi stated on Monday that Egypt is free of the Ebola infection, stressing that the disease is confined to the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

The total number of casualties in these countries has reached 1,779.

The minister added, during a press conference held to review the plan of the Ministry in combating the disease, that there is no drug or vaccine available so far.

The minister said that deaths from the disease range between 25 and 90 per cent of the people infected, since its first appearance in Guinea in 2013.

The minister highlighted the importance of raising awareness of the disease through the media and the Health Ministry has printed 20,000 leaflets for travellers from countries where the disease is centred.

On Thursday the Egyptian Ministry of Health issued a warning to all citizens to refrain from visiting Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria.

The Ministry has recently facilitated a hot-line to provide medical assistance for patients suffering any similar symptoms of the disease.

In a related context, Emad Al-Hashimi, Director of Quarantine at Cairo International Airport, denied receiving any suspected Ebola cases coming into the country, pointing out that the passenger who was taken to hospital proved to be infected with malaria.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared on Friday the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa a public health emergency, stressing the urgency of taking extraordinary measures to quarantine the virus.

The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has declared a high-level response status, and warned against travelling to West Africa.

US health officials gave a green light to a new treatment, which was administered to two patients, who seem to be slightly improving.