OFWs in West Africa warned vs ebola virus

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in West Africa on Sunday against the prevailing threat of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

On his Twitter account, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said it is important for OFWs in that area to be aware of the nature of the disease and on how to avoid it.

“For West Africa OFWs: DOH Anti-Ebola Virus reminders,” said Cacdac.


According to the Department of Health (DOH) advisory, those in affected areas must avoid fruit bats and other primates, such as monkeys, apes, gorillas, and chimpanzees.

“Avoid close contact with infected patients and possible infected animals like fruit bats or monkey/ape and consumption of their raw meat,” the DOH said.

Also, they are being advised to wear gloves and other appropriate personal protective equipment when taking care of ill patients at home; and to wash their hands after visiting sick relatives in hospitals and after taking care of ill patients at home.

“Suspect cases should be taken to the nearest health unit immediately for medical attention. Severe cases require intensive supportive care,” said the DOH.

The EVD can be transmitted through close contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals; body fluids and stool of an infected person; objects such as contaminated needles and soiled linen used by a patient; and the body of the deceased person.

Signs and symptoms, which could appear between two and 21 days, include fever, headache, intense weakness, joint and muscle pains, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, rashes, red eyes, impaired kidney and lives, and internal and external bleeding.

The advisory came after the World Health Organization called for a special meeting in Ghana to discuss best ways in handling the latest Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, among others. (HDT/Sunnex)

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