- Posted August 23, 2014 by
Philippines capable to fend off Ebola virus
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.