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MOH steps up precautionary measures against Ebola

But Ebola poses a low public health risk to Singapore, the Ministry of Health says.

 SINGAPORE: With an increase in reported cases of Ebola globally, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said it will be implementing additional precautionary measures for Ebola from Thursday (Aug 7). The ministry also reiterated that Ebola poses a low public health risk to Singapore.

MOH said it has been closely monitoring the Ebola situation in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in West Africa and, while the situation remains fluid, the outbreak of the disease poses a low health risk to Singapore.

As a precaution, though, the ministry said it will work with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Changi Airport Group (CAG) to distribute individual health advisory notices to nationals from the affected areas at air and land checkpoints, starting from 2pm on Aug 7. The health advisory posters will also be placed at the arrival halls in Changi Airport.

The notices will advise travellers that should they become unwell with sudden onset of high fever, stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, rash or bleeding within three weeks of being in any of the affected areas, they should see a doctor early.

Before travelling overseas, MOH also encouraged the public to refer to its website on Ebola for the latest health advisory. They should also consider postponing non-essential travel to affected areas.

For those who need to travel, the ministry advises them to adopt the following precautions:

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Avoid direct contact with blood, secretions or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animals, as well as environments that have become contaminated with these infectious fluids such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles

  • Avoid participating in burial ceremonies which require direct contact with the body of a deceased infected person

  • Avoid contact with wild animals, including bats, monkeys, apes, chimpanzee and gorillas, whether alive or dead, including their raw or undercooked meat

  • Returning travellers from affected areas or travellers who suspect that they have been exposed to Ebola virus should seek immediate medical attention and mention their recent travel to the attending physician if they develop any disease symptoms while travelling in or within three weeks of being in any of the areas 

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