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Taiwan to send doctors to Nigeria to help fight Ebola (update)
Central News Agency
2014-08-22 03:09 PM
Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday it will send a team of doctors to Nigeria, one of the African countries where the Ebola virus has caused deaths, to help fight the contagious disease. There are around 100 Taiwanese businessmen based in Nigeria, where there have been 15 confirmed cases of Ebola and four deaths from the disease, the CDC said. The doctors will depart Aug. 25 and spend 10 days in the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Lagos, where they will help manage Taiwanese nationals' health. They will also provide Taiwanese there with relevant information on the risks, measures to minimize those risks, and advice for managing potential exposure. In addition, they will bring medical equipment, including protective masks and gowns, and teach Taiwanese people how to use them, the CDC said. Luo Yi-chun, one of the doctors, said he is not too concerned about his own safety as they are not expected to have direct contact with patients or samples. According to the World Health Organization, the total number of reported cases of Ebola as of Aug. 18 across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, was 2,473, with 1,350 fatalities. The CDC said the outbreak in the region is expected to continue for a significant period. The CDC has issued a level 3 travel warning for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, advising people to avoid going to the three countries unless absolutely necessary. It has also issued a level 2 travel alert for Nigeria, suggesting that travelers to the country take precautions and avoid contact with people who are possibly infected. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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