Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 17
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Iran prepared special measures against the Ebola virus, the ISNA news agency said Oct. 17 citing Mahmoud Nabavi, the Deputy Head of the Health and Medical Education Ministry's Communicable Diseases Control Center.
He said special medical centers started operating at Iran's two large airports to examine the people arriving from the African countries, and other countries where the Ebola virus was detected.
Nabavi said that those arriving in Iran undergo a medical examination at the border checkpoints.
Ebola virus is rapidly spreading in West Africa, namely in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Congo and Senegal. The cases of Ebola infection have been registered in the US, Spain, Norway, Australia and other countries as well.
The World Heath Organization (WHO) reports 4,033 people have died so far, with 8,399 probable or suspected cases. However in reality, this number could be much higher due to under reporting of the disease.
The US Center for Disease Control claims cases in Liberia are doubling every 15-20 days while those in Sierra Leone are doubling every 30-40 days.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimate Liberia and Sierra Leone could see 1.4 million cases of Ebola within three months when under-reported cases are taken into account.