SA steps up Ebola screening

South Africa has upped its screening of arriving travellers in an effort to stop Ebola entering the country, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has said.

Briefing the media at Parliament in Cape Town today following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting yesterday, he repeated the government’s message that all necessary measures were in place to prevent the spread of the disease, which to date has killed nearly 5 000 people in West Africa.

“Surveillance at all points of entry has been strengthened to identify viral haemorrhagic fevers, in particular Ebola.”

Radebe said the government had established a national response team in case of an outbreak, and 11 hospitals were on standby as Ebola treatment centres.

“We support the efforts by the World Health Organisation in establishing Ebola treatment centres and strengthening capacity for laboratory testing, contact tracing, social mobilisation, safe burials and non-Ebola healthcare in West Africa,” he said.

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