The Asian Age

6 Ebola sus­pects in quar­an­tine

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Six peo­ple with sus­pected high- risk Ebola virus were ad­mit­ted to a quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity at Delhi air­port on Mon­day. Ac­cord­ing to the Union health min­istry, they were among 181 pas­sen­gers who ar­rived in In­dia from the af­fected western African coun­tries.

The min­istry said that dur­ing the last 24 hours, 181 pas­sen­gers from the af­fected coun­tries have ar­rived at the air­ports of Mumbai ( 71), Delhi ( 44), Chen­nai ( 22), Ben­galuru ( 26), Kochi ( 4), Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram ( 7), Hy­der­abad ( 4) and Kolkata ( 3).

As of to­day, as many as 816 pas­sen­gers were be­ing tracked by au­thor­i­ties un­der In­te­grated Dis­ease Surveil­lance Pro­gramme ( IDSP). Th­ese pas­sen­gers are those who car­ried cer­tain risk be­cause of sus­pi­cion that they might have come in touch with Ebola vic­tims and are be­ing mon­i­tored to en­sure that they are at­tended to in case they de­velop symp­toms of the dan­ger­ous dis­ease.

“Re­ports have been re­ceived from state IDSP units of 18 of the 20 states about 80 pas­sen­gers be­ing mon­i­tored. One pas­sen­ger, who is be­ing tracked and mon­i­tored in West Ben­gal, has con­firmed to be hav­ing malaria,” said the health min­istry.

The con­trol room in the min­istry has re­ceived 706 calls since its in­cep­tion on Au­gust 9 and only five calls were re­ceived in the past 24 hours. Most of the call­ers have sought in­for­ma­tion on signs and symp­toms of the dis­ease and travel re­lated risk of ac­quir­ing the in­fec­tion. About 15,009 pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing at in­ter­na­tional air­ports have been screened since it started on Au­gust 10.

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