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Health authority launches Ebola watch in Taiwan

DEADLY DISEASE:The CDC said it was following WHO recommendations in its precautions and preparations following the outbreak in west Africa

Staff writer, with CNA

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said it has assigned a special unit to stay on top of the development of the Ebola epidemic, after the WHO said the deadly disease outbreak in west Africa was an international public health emergency.

The unit is to work with the National Immigration Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide information on risks, countermeasures and advice for managing potential exposure to visitors to and from the affected areas and other threatened regions, the CDC said.

The affected areas mainly cover the west African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, where the number of Ebola cases on Monday last week stood at 1,711, including 932 deaths, the WHO reported.

The unit is to direct local hospitals to be prepared to detect, investigate and manage Ebola cases, the CDC said, adding that it would help healthcare providers build up a qualified diagnostic laboratory.

The CDC is also to work with the National Defense Medical Center’s Institute of Preventive Medicine to establish standard operating procedures for testing Ebola samples.

In addition, the CDC said it would provide the public with up-to-date information on the outbreak, as well as measures to reduce the risk of exposure.

Following the WHO’s advice, the nation will not impose general bans on travel or trade in affected areas, the CDC said.

Still, Taiwan has raised the warning level in its travel advisory to the four countries, asking those visiting there to stay vigilant.

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