Ebola outbreak in West Africa being monitored by St. Lucia

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa being monitored by St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – 
The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations is monitoring the information emanating out of West Africa on the Ebola outbreak.

Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted through close personal contact with a person infected with the Ebola virus.

In response to this event the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director General is convening a meeting of the Emergency Committee of the WHO on August 6 and 7, 2014 in order to ascertain whether this event constitutes a ‘Public health emergency of International concern”.

The Ministry of Health is enhancing its state of preparedness for all diseases of public health concern, with particular focus on infection control and universal health precautions.

For further information, please contact the National Epidemiologist, Mr. Nahum Jn Baptiste at telephone no. 468-5317.

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  1. Dey say its transmitted thru bodily fluids etc bt dey eh sayin dt da very air da person who has da virus exhaled is. Is contaminated wif da virus also .we hv to open our eyes nd see da naked truth for itself

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  2. Dts a lie da system is brain washin.Humanity,chikangunya,Ebola all dose viruses are man made material to destroy humanity dose scientists are the ones creating these destructible viruses and releasing it into the air especially. In Africa b cuz of its high population nd rich grounds ppl we hv to open our minds nd stop being fooled by da system all dose things are man made to destroy. Nd kill humanity,I still pray it doesn't reach our island or da Caribbean in general,atleats deh is a cure

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  3. we can't compare ebola to chikunjunya.. its very serious.. there is no cure and 90% of victims die.. we should keep abreast with situations outside our borders as they might affect us.. we lucians like to wait last minute until situation gets out of hand.. its time for us to change our attitude and thinking..

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  4. How do people become infected with the virus?

    Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has occurred through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest. It is important to reduce contact with high-risk animals (i.e. fruit bats, monkeys or apes) including not picking up dead animals found lying in the forest or handling their raw meat.

    Once a person comes into contact with an animal that has Ebola, it can spread within the community from human to human. Infection occurs from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people. Infection can also occur if broken skin or mucous membranes of a healthy person come into contact with environments that have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles.

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  5. The virus is spread though bodily fluids not close contact. The Caribbean should feel confident because there are no direct flights from Africa to the Caribbean. They must go through the US or UK. And their borders are stronger to stop the entry than ours. So stop the bad vibes.

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  6. 5 more plagues to go,whilst everyone is wondering " what does the Fox say " the world is coming to a end,to late shall be humanity's cry.

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  7. omg. we seriously can not take on another viral disease please lord watch over our island st.lucia.

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  8. We will not have a dose of this God never gives more than we can bear. St. Lucia keep calm and keep praying

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  9. Lol they don't even know what to do with a flu outbreak or this chickengunya is Ebola they talking about

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  10. if this hits us stlucia is finished Dear Lord please save us from this. we are not prepared. we better start praying that it doesnt hit us.

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  11. God please let's hope it stays away from here. St. Lucia can't even manage small problems let alone an outbreak of a viral disease. It would be a disaster.

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