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No Ebola Virus Disease in India: Union Health Minister

IANS 12 Aug 2014, 7:19:08 AM IST
New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said 'there is no Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in India', adding the country has mechanism for prompt treatment and subsequent monitoring.

"There is no EVD in India," Vardhan said in a statement here.

"There is no reason for getting worried over the odd case of a visitor to the country arriving in an indisposed condition. We have all the mechanisms in place for prompt treatment and subsequent monitoring,” Vardhan added.

His statement came in the aftermath of a traveller from Nigeria having symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Saturday.

The traveller was taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here where he tested negative for EVD.

Vardhan ordered another review meeting on Monday between officers of the Ministries of Health, Home, External Affairs, Civil Aviation and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) besides representatives of World Health Organisation (WHO).

Health Secretary Lov Verma chaired the meeting. This is the second inter-ministerial meeting in less than a week.

The WHO recently declared the spread of Ebola virus as an international health emergency, saying the epidemic was an ‘extraordinary event' and now posed as an international health risk.

Ebola causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding. It is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids, and people who live with or care for patients are most at risk.