Govt monitors health personal returning from Ebola Mission

The government has assured the nation that proper measures will be taken to minimise the risk of possible Ebola transmission from returning health personnel deployed to fight the virus in West Africa.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe country office has been deploying officers to West Africa since last year despite government having not yet finalised plans to dispatch personnel to Ebola stricken nations.

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The first batch of health care workers seconded by WHO has since returned home while a second batch is expected in a few weeks and Health Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said measures are in place to ensure there will not be any Ebola in Zimbabwe.

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Health officials in the United Kingdom have confirmed a case of Ebola from a health worker who was helping fight the disease in West Africa.

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the introduction of a 15-minute blood and saliva test for Ebola, which is undergoing trials in Guinea, has also brought some hope the disease will be brought under control this year.

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Meanwhile, WHO officials predict the end of the largest Ebola outbreak in history this year.

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WHO first reported the outbreak in March last year, and to date more than 20 000 cases have been confirmed and 8 000 deaths recorded in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and other West African states.