Atyrau checks international flight passengers for Ebola

The international flights passengers arriving in Atyrau are being checked for Ebola, the Agency for the Protection of Consumer Rights reports.

The airport has launched a special sanitary and quarantine station. All passengers of international flights have to be necessarily inspected by health officers upon arrival in safety purposes.

Many foreign nationals, including the Africans, arrive in Atyrau for working in the oil companies.

Since the beginning of the year, almost 22 thousand foreigners (257 international flights) have arrived in the city.

West Africa is grappling with the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in history, and concerns are mounting that the hemorrhagic fever could spill across international borders.

WHO says the symptoms of Ebola include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and in some cases bleeding.

Transmission is through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.

WHO says the death toll from Ebola since outbreak is nearing 1,400.

Source: AKI Press

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