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KEELPNO Dismisses Rumors of Ebola Case on Greek Ship

magda_p-suspected-ebola-caseGreek port authorities were alarmed on Monday afternoon due to a suspected Ebola case on a ship which would be arriving in Piraeus at 5:30 pm.
According to information released by the Greek Mercantile Marine Ministry, tanker “MAGDA P” was performing a route from Guinea to Ukraine when a crew member fell ill. His symptoms suggested that he may be suffering from the Ebola virus.
The Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO), however, stated that there was no reason for alarm, since the incident does not reflect the virus’ nature.
The ship’s captain sated that crew members never came in contact with infected people in Guinea, since they never disembarked. Furthermore, the few local workers who boarded the ship, had been strictly checked before they were granted entrance.
KEELPNO doctors will visit the ship in order to confirm the epidemiological data and examine the patient.
Greece has undertaken special emergency measures after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus outbreak an international health emergency. The Greek government has alerted all related authorities to immediately report any possible incidents and has also warned citizens to avoid non-essential travels to Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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