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5 arrivals in India found to have contact history with Ebola cases

PTI 21 Aug 2014, 11:22:57 AM IST
New Delhi: Five persons out of a total of 145 passengers who arrived at various airports in India from Ebola virus-affected countries in the last 24 hours were found to have contact history with positive cases of the disease, the health ministry said.

The details of the said five passengers have been passed on to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) for further tracking and necessary 'contact' management, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

IDSP is tracking the cases of such passengers, whose details are being provided to them by the Airport Health Organisation.

On Wednesday, 61 passengers were enrolled for follow up in their respective states through state IDSP units. As of now, a total of 496 passengers are being tracked by the programme.

The 145 arrivals screened today were at the Mumbai (49), Delhi (53), Chennai (12), Kochi (11), Bangalore (14) and Ahmedabad (6) airports.

The quarantine-cum-isolation facility at Delhi airport did not admit any persons for observation and testing today for the Ebola disease.

Meanwhile, a meeting took place today between Indian Medical Association (IMA) and health ministry functionaries. IMA has been asked to create awareness among its members on the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,200 people since it began in December, 2013, the World Health Organisation has said.