Alert level 2 up in 3 countries over Ebola

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised on Wednesday Crisis Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase) in three countries in Western Africa over the outbreak of the Ebola Virus.

In a statement, the DFA said Alert Level 2 is being raised in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where Ebola Virus outbreaks have been reported.

"Under Alert Level 2, Filipinos in these countries are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and take extra precautions," said the DFA.

Similarly, the DFA said only returning overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts will be allowed to go back to these countries while new hires are banned from deployment there.

The DFA assured that it will continue to monitor the incidences of the Ebola Virus outbreak in Western Africa.

In Guinea, about 390 Ebola cases are already recorded, including 280 deaths.

About 158 cases and 46 deaths, meanwhile, have been reported in Sierra Leone.

As for Liberia, 63 cases and 41 deaths have been recorded so far.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for "drastic action" in a bid to address the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.

Failure to do so, the WHO warned, could already result to further international spread, even outside West Africa. (HDT/Sunnex)

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