Share this on:
 E-mail
11
VIEWS
0
COMMENTS
 
SHARES
About this iReport
  • Not verified by CNN

  • Click to view omeroscar's profile
    Posted August 23, 2014 by
    omeroscar
    Location
    Manila

    More from omeroscar

    Philippines capable to fend off Ebola virus

     
    HEALTH authorities in the Philippines have enough capability to fend off the entry of Ebola virus as the disease spreads in African countries, a government official said on Saturday.
    Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Department of Health (DOH) screens people who manifest symptoms and also those who travelled to countries with cases of Ebola infections.
    This screening process is a measure being carried out as an extra layer of precaution, she said.
    The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed recently that there is a Filipino worker being tested for Ebola virus infection.
    Based on the advisory issued by the World Health Organization last month, people in countries with reported infections are barred from traveling abroad, Valte said.
    The DOH implements a very stringent testing process on people with suspected infection. Following arrival in the country, the DOH monitors them for 30 days.
    Health official would call them daily to check if they have developed symptoms of the Ebola virus, she said.
    Valte allayed public fears saying the country's health personnel are trained enough to handle such emergencies.
    Filipino health authorities were also able to protect the country from MERS-CoV, a virus that originated in the Middle East.
    The Ebola virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever that affects multiple organ systems in the body and is often accompanied by bleeding.
    Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. Patients eventually experience vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver functions -- and sometimes internal and external bleeding.
    Ebola spreads through contact with bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, urine and other secretions of infected people.
    It has no known cure and the virus posts more than 50 percent death rate.
    Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria are the leading African countries with a high number of reported infections.

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.

    Comments

    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story