Turkish border health workers 'prepared for Ebola'

Medical team at Kapikule on Turkey-Bulgaria border trained and equipped to deal with the deadly disease, Governor of Edirne border province says

Turkish border health workers 'prepared for Ebola'

World Bulletin/News Desk

Health officials at the Kapikule Border Gate -- the crossing point between Turkey and Bulgaria in Turkey's Edirne province -- have taken measures to prevent the ingress of Ebola, Edirne Governor Dursun Ali Sahin has said.

Sahin said on Sunday that the medical team at Kapikule was well trained on tackling the worldwide Ebola virus threat within the scope of the national Ebola Action Plan developed by the Turkish Health Ministry.

"We are also closely following the refugees in the city. There has been no problem so far," he said.

The Ebola virus -- a potentially lethal disease with no known cure -- has already claimed nearly 4,500 lives in West Africa alone, prompting the world to increase screening and treatment measures after cases were reported in Europe and America.

Reports claim that out of 8,997 confirmed cases of Ebola -- which has a 50 percent fatality rate -- a total of 4,993 people have died.

The most-recent outbreak started in West Africa in March 2014 after spreading to Guinea's neighbors: Sierra Leone and Liberia.

On March 19, Guinea's Health Ministry designated the outbreak as an epidemic.

By March 24, a total of 59 out of 86 people diagnosed with the disease had died.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ekim 2014, 14:14

Muhammed Öylek