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Hong Kong woman fell ill after arriving from Africa and isolated for Ebola

Hong Kong woman in isolation for Ebola watch
Hong Kong woman in isolation for Ebola watch

A Hong Kong woman and British man were both tested for the Ebola virus, after traveling back from Africa.The deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus has been ongoing for the last six months, and now health officials around the world are being told to stay vigilant for signs of the deadly virus -- but once it’s spotted is there a guarantee to stop it from spreading? Today is was reported that Hong Kong and the United Kingdom will now isolate passengers who travel from the infected areas, and show symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever.

People traveling from highly infected areas are now under stricter watch measures. The South China Morning Post reported July 31, that “Hong Kong’s health authorities stepped up surveillance against the deadly Ebola virus yesterday as a Hong Kong woman fell ill after visiting Kenya, although she tested negative for the disease.” This heightened supervision came after learning that “a British man [was also] quarantined with fever [symptoms] after,” his flight landed in “Birmingham, England, from Nigeria,” he also tested negative.”

According to USA Today, “British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, chaired an emergency meeting Wednesday on Ebola.” The topic was held for multiple “health officials, scientists, and other ministers” who explored “the issue about the possibility of somebody who has contracted the disease in Africa getting sick here.” Apparently every country has their own protocol for infection control, and Hammond believes it’s about being ready to spot the virus and controlling it, not worrying about it spreading.

Vigilant procedures will place potential victims into isolation “as soon as they are identified,” said Hammond. Just as the Hong Kong women has been isolated and tested for the Ebola virus.

The Ebola virus started spreading in one of the poorest continents in the world, which is home to countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, where the deadly disease is spreading relentlessly -- even with medical help. However, the medical teams sent to these areas are not working in well-supplied hospitals, some are merely last minute available buildings to house and nurse the sick. This is why Hammond believes other countries with fully stocked hospitals, and different protocols will be able to control it.

Should the government and health officials wait to test after symptoms appear in those that have traveled from the infected areas or should they be quarantined and tested before they are cleared to travel into countries without the virus?

The woman in Hong Kong who was tested for Ebola will continue to stay in isolation, although reports indicate she’s in stable condition. CBS News recently reported “two United States Peace Corps volunteers working in Liberia have been isolated after being exposed to Ebola.”

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