Qatar exercises precaution from Ebola virus; bans food products from affected countries
In addition to the existing ban on bringing animals from Ebola-affected countries, Qatar has announced a ban on imports of all food and meat products as well. The countries severely affected with the virus are Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
The announcement was made at a meeting by health officials to discuss preventive measures against Ebola breakout in Qatar, The Peninsula has reported.
During the meting, Dr Azma Al Thani, Head of Health Science Faculty at Qatar University, said that the university would open a laboratory to carry out testing of serious infectious diseases.
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) breakout in West Africa is considered the largest so far. About 2240 suspect and confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in the region, including 1383 laboratory-confirmed cases, and 1229 deaths.
According to WHO, the fatality rate of Ebola virus diseases is 90%. The symptoms of EVD include the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.
The Supreme Health Council has launched two hotline numbers 66740948 and 66740751 to report any case of Ebola virus.