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Monday, October 13, 2014

Alert to Greece-Suspected Ebola Case in Cyprus

A suspected case of Ebola virus in the occupied part of Cyprus has caused widespread concern for the island’s authorities.

According to Turkish newspaper “Chavantis,” a 26-year-old student from Togo with high fever initially went to a hospital in the occupied Famagusta and was later transferred to a special unit at a hospital in occupied Nicosia, where he was put into quarantine. The blood results and other tests are expected within days.

The Ebola virus, causing thousands of deaths in Africa, has caused widespread terror. A Turkish citizen who works in Nigeria is hospitalized in Istanbul presenting symptoms similar to those of the Ebola virus, while in the US, the first patient hit by the virus, died.

Greek Health Minister Makis Voridis reported on Thursday that Greece is ready to confront any Ebola case.

“We have complied with the World Health Organization’s directives,” said the Greek Minister on the precautionary actions taken and that they were “travel directives existing in all exit and entrance points of the country, while special directives exist for people coming from countries of high risk.”

“We have chosen a reference hospital if a suspicious incident occurs. A specific building with special staff, equipment and laboratory has been selected that will be able to make the analysis needed in order to identify whether it is Ebola virus,” he added.

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