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S’PORE IMPOSES VISA RESTRICTIONS ON EBOLA-INFECTED WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES

From tomorrow, nationals from the West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will need a visa to enter the Republic, as vigilance against the Ebola virus continues. “(The ministry) is concerned about the widespread and intense community transmission of Ebola in West Africa. The visa requirement will allow for better oversight of the entry of nationals from these countries, as well as facilitate possible contact tracing,” Minister of State (Health) Dr Lam Pin Min said in Parliament yesterday.

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RUSSIA TO SEND EBOLA VACCINE TO AFRICA IN 2 MONTHS

In two months, Russia is planning to send a new experimental vaccine against Ebola to Africa, according to the country’s health minister. The efficiency of the drug, which is to be tested on the ground, is about 70-90 percent. “Today we are discussing that we will have enough of Triazoverin vaccine in two months so that we can send them to our personnel in Guinea and test its efficiency in clinical conditions,” Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said. The vaccine has so far proved efficient against various hemorrhagic fevers, including the Marburg virus which is very similar to Ebola.

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TWO S’PORE-BASED INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERTS WENT TO LIBERIA TO FIGHT EBOLA

Two infectious disease experts from Singapore have been to the heart of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to help battle the disease. Associate Professor Dale Fisher and Ms Sharon Salmon went to Liberia twice - in April and last month - the only people from here to do so. They joined thousands of international volunteers to help hospitals reopen safely, keep infections in check, set up centres to care for patients, train local health-care workers about how to cope, and teach people about staying safe.

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IS EBOLA LIKELY TO ARRIVE IN SINGAPORE? 5 THINGS TO KNOW

By coming into direct contact with infected body fluids, e.g. blood, saliva, urine, or stools. Ebola is not spread through the air, but it may be dangerous to stand near enough to receive the contaminated body fluid. For example, within the distance of an infected person’s vomit, urine, or respiratory secretions such as mucus.

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THAI HOSPITAL DEVELOPS CURE FOR EBOLA EPIDEMIC

Doctors at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hosptial, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand claim that they have developed a new antibody that could cure Ebola patients. The antibody could be a year away from being produced on a large scale, they said. In a press conference on Thursday (Oct 2), the hospital announced that it has produced antibodies against Ebola that are small enough to enter infected cells, and also access the virus proteins within the cell.

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8 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE DEADLY EBOLA VIRUS

European and Asian countries went on alert on Aug 13th, 2014 amid growing fears that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to other continents with a stark warning by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders that the epidemic was out of control. The outbreak has already claimed more than a thousand lives, making it the worst ever on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have borne the brunt of the recent epidemic. Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, recorded its first death on July 25.

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TTSH CEO: NIGERIAN WOMAN ADMITTED DOES NOT HAVE EBOLA

The Nigerian woman who was sent from Gleneagles Hospital to the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on Thursday morning does not have Ebola as first feared. Professor Philip Choo, TTSH's chief executive officer, told The Straits Times that it was a false alarm and that she has since been discharged. "We saw a patient with a history from Nigeria," he said, but her detailed history revealed "no contact with any suspect or confirmed patients."

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NIGERIAN WOMAN BRINGS THE FIRST EBOLA CASE INTO SINGAPORE?

Singapore may have its first case of Ebola, the viral outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa. A Nigerian woman in her 50s was identified as a possible Ebola case by doctors at Gleneagles Hospital on Thursday morning. The woman is believed to have flown into Singapore recently and arrived at the hospital's emergency department with a fever.

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SINGAPORE HAS PATHETIC EBOLA CONTROL MEASURES COMPARED TO OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

Ebola…the reactions of neighbouring countries compared with Singapore: As for Singapore, this is what MOH advises: “Returning travellers from affected areas or travellers who suspect that they have been exposed to Ebola virus should seek immediate medical attention and mention their recent travel to the attending physician if they develop any disease symptoms while travelling in or within 3 weeks of being in any of the areas.” Just an advisory. Period. And it’s totally reliant on the traveller to self-monitor.

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MALAYSIA UNDER EBOLA ALERT

All major entry points in Malaysia, including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), are under an Ebola virus alert as the World Health Organisation (WHO) scrambles to contain the outbreak in West Africa. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the Malaysian government was stepping up preparations to prevent the highly contagious disease from reaching Malaysia.

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