Health officials are keeping a close watch on a Delhi resident who arrived from Ghana on a flight in which a passenger tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus ravaging west Africa. The man’s two housemates are also under surveillance.
The Dwarka resident — HT is withholding his name — is being monitored since July 21, two days after he reached the Capital, but has not shown any symptoms of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever.
“We were alerted by the WHO about him being exposed to the disease. His co-passenger on the flight had tested positive for Ebola. Our surveillance units tracked him down and also examined people living with him,” a health ministry official said.
“Since none of them have shown any symptoms so far, we didn’t get them tested. We have asked them to watch out for any symptoms,” said the official.
The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, high fever, bleeding and damage to central nervous system. The incubation period for the Ebola virus is two to 21 days. There is no vaccine or cure for one of the deadliest diseases known to humans that spreads through bodily fluids.
The man flew from the Ghanaian capital Accra to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and then to Delhi. No Ebola cases have been reported from Ghana or Ethiopia, so far.
There was confusion on Wednesday when health officials went to an alternate address — a DLF Phase-2 apartment in Gurgaon — provided by the passenger and found it locked.
ወይኔ ወይኔ ኢቦላ ኢትዮጵያ ገባ ማለትነው?
I think its about time we shutdown all flights to and from West Africa before we have a epidemic happening in our own backyard.