Taiwan on alert as possible Ebola case reported in Hong Kong
Central News Agency
2014-08-10 08:39 PM
Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) Taiwan is now on alert as Hong Kong news media has reported a suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday. The 32-year-old Nigerian man, who arrived in Hong Kong from Nigeria Aug. 7, was hospitalized with vomiting and diarrhea and has since been quarantined at a different hospital on suspicion of infection with the Ebola virus, according to the news report. Now at Princess Margaret Hospital, the man is being tested for the virus and the results are expected to be known by Sunday night, the report said. Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw said his agency has contacted the relevant Hong Kong authorities and is paying close attention to the matter. Chou said Taiwan has formed an emergency response task force and strengthened other measures in response to the latest development in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's Department of Health has declined to comment on the case, but has said it will make a public announcement if it is confirmed as Ebola, according to the South China Morning Post. The CDC said Friday it had assigned a special unit to stay on top of the development of the Ebola epidemic, after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the deadly disease outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency. The unit will work with the Immigration Agency and Foreign Ministry to provide visitors to and from the affected and at-risk areas with relevant information on the risks, measures to minimize those risks, and advice for managing potential exposure, the CDC said. The affected areas are mainly the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, where the number of Ebola cases stood at 1,779, including 961 deaths as of Aug. 6, according to the WHO. (By Elizabeth Hsu)

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