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Malaysia on Ebola alert

Authorities in Malaysia are stepping up preparations to prevent the Ebola virus from reaching the country. Measures include the screening of passengers at all major entry points.

KUALA LUMPUR: Authorities in Malaysia are stepping up preparations to prevent the Ebola virus from reaching the country. Measures include the screening of passengers at all major entry points. The Education Ministry has also been advised to screen foreign students who had returned to Ebola-infected African countries.

Malaysia's major entry points such as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport have been put on virus alert. Authorities say passengers arriving from Ebola-hit countries and who are exhibiting symptoms such as muscle aches and fever will be quarantined immediately.

Port workers have also been told to be careful when coming into contact with crew members from West African countries. But Malaysia's fight against Ebola doesn't stop there.

With some 4,000 students from West Africa - 80% of them from Nigeria - mostly enrolled in private institutions in Malaysia, there are concerns that this group may bring the disease to Malaysia. So the Education Ministry is working with the Health Ministry to step up the students' annual health checks to ensure that they are healthy.

The Health Ministry has also set up a Facebook page to update the public on the spread of Ebola as well as to dispense prevention tips. It is also working with the Foreign Ministry to channel information about Ebola to those intending to travel to affected countries, as well as to Malaysians already there.

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