Ban on passengers coming from Ebola-hit countries demandedOctober 21, 2014
Karachi: President, Pakistan Society of Microbiology, Prof Shahana Urooj Kazmi on Wednesday demanded of the government to impose ban on foreign travelers coming from Ebola virus infected countries in Pakistan under precautionary measures.
Talking to media, she said people who come from Ebola virus infected countries with fever must be kept in quarantine for 21 days. She said Ebola virus spreads through bats and pigs. She stressed the need of conducting a serology survey in Pakistan.
Prof Urooj said government should adopt serious precautionary measures at all airports, seaports, entrance and exit points to control the prevalence Ebola disease. She said high-fever, diarrhea and bleeding may be symptoms of a suspect Ebola patient. She said airport staff must check documents of passengers to avoid the possible spread this deadly disease; otherwise, it will cause huge economic loss and loss to airline industry too.
Prof Kazmi said it was not confirmed yet if Ebola viral disease spreads through air but there are 60 to 70 percent chances of death once a patient catches the disease. She said the disease spreads through bats and pig thus serology survey of bats and pigs is necessary in Pakistan.
She said federal government should establish bio-safety level 3 & 4 laboratories and staff of laboratories must be provided personal protective suits. She suggested the authorities concerned to set up victor borne surveillance & control centers in all the big cities of Pakistan along with mobile laboratories.
She said these centers should be assigned to get samples of human, animals, insects and environment. She said all laboratories of Karachi city must implement on bio-safety and bio-security laws as they can prevent from dangerous disease themselves and others.
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