Government to issue statement on visitor who recently travelled to Liberia
The National Security Ministry is to issue a statement shortly
following reports that protocols were not observed in processing a
visitor who recently travelled to Liberia.
Liberia is among a trio of West African countries hardest-hit by the
deadly Ebola virus.
A security official told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the
male visitor travelled to Jamaica from the United States yesterday.
Our sources say there was a high-level meeting a short while ago
involving the national security ministry and immigration officials.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of Ebola
“If for any reason an individual believes that he/she has been exposed
to the virus, they should seek immediate medical treatment at a major
hospital and reduce contact with other persons as much as possible,”
Dr Harvey said.
Symptoms of Ebola include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness,
muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
This may be followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and
liver function and in some cases both internal and external bleeding
leading to death.
The incubation period for the virus is anywhere from two to twenty one days.
* If you believe you were exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, seek
immediate medical attention. It is best to be safe than sorry.
* Early detection and immediate treatment can make a big difference
between life and death.
* If you have been in a known Ebola-infected area or come in contact
with a person known or suspected to have Ebola and you begin to have
symptoms, DO NOT travel and immediately call your doctor, hospital or
* Get medical care right away if you have a fever higher than 101.5
degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea,
stomach pain or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
* Tell your doctor about any recent travel to Ebola-infected
countries, especially West Africa, or contact with a person who was
sick with Ebola BEFORE you go to the doctor’s office, clinic or
* Calling before you go to the doctor or health centre will help the
health authorities determine how to treat you and protect persons you
may come in contact with there or on your way.
It is VERY important that you stay away from everyone once you begin
to show symptoms.
DON’T IGNORE THE SIGNS