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Malaysia intensifies Ebola screening for foreign students

Published by Afterschool.my on Aug 06, 2014, 10:59 am

The Malaysian Ministry of Education announced that foreign students arriving from countries hit by the Ebola virus disease will have to be screened in their country of origin as well as upon arrival in Malaysia.

This is to prevent the deadly virus from coming to Malaysia and spreading further.

Furthermore, the ministry has asked local universities to monitor foreign students, and alert authorities if they come across anyone with symptoms of the disease. Foreign students from these affected countries will have to undergo health screening twice a year to make sure they do not carry the virus.

Ebola is a severe illness which has a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent. Although it is lethal, it is not spread by casual contact. It requires fairly close contact with infected bodily fluids, such as blood, sweat, vomit, and faeces.

To date, the Ebola disease has claimed 887 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

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