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August 25, 2014
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MOH warns entertainers from travelling to ebola-affected areas

Dr Fenton Ferguson - File

The Ministry of Health is advising persons against travelling to the Ebola-affected areas of Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa for entertainment and other similar purposes.

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says persons should avoid travel to these areas, unless it is absolutely necessary, to limit the spread of the Ebola virus.

"Entertainers and others who plan to travel to the affected areas of West Africa should reconsider as they would potentially be putting themselves at risk of contracting the Ebola virus and spreading it to other persons on their return to Jamaica. The ministry continues to warn against non-essential travel to reduce the risk to their health and the health of their families," Dr Ferguson said.

The World Health Organisation on August 8, 2014 declared Ebola a public-health emergency of international concern.

Persons who have to travel to these areas are advised not to handle dead animals and not to have any direct contact with persons who may be infected or could be in contact with an infected person.

The Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal illness with a death rate of up to 90 per cent. It is transmitted through direct contact with blood (for example, through broken skin), other bodily fluids or secretion such as stool, saliva, urine and semen of infected persons. The Ebola virus remains in the semen of men who were infected for up to seven weeks after recovery.

For more information persons may contact the Ministry of Health's Emergency Operations Centre at 1-888-663-5683 or 1-888-ONE LOVE.

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