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Ebola precautions taken in Guangdong

Updated: 2014-11-02 13:47
By Zheng Caixiong and Wang Xiaodong (China Daily Africa)

 Ebola precautions taken in Guangdong

Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau staff members provide medical kits to passengers from West Africa at the Guangzhou International Airport. Xinhua

Guangdong, a front-line region in preventing Ebola from spreading in the Chinese mainland, is going all out to stop an outbreak of the deadly virus in the southern province.

According to the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the province, which has a large number of people from African nations, has expanded the testing of temperatures of passengers arriving from Ebola-hit regions at major entry ports.

Those who have a fever will undergo blood tests, the center said on its website.

So far, no Ebola or suspected cases have been detected in Guangdong, which has conducted tests on about 50 people coming from Ebola-hit regions. All test results were negative, the center said.

Meanwhile, special equipment has been set up in all entrances for the ongoing China Export and Import Fair to help test the temperature of visitors.

The fair, held in Guangzhou in the spring and fall, usually attracts a large number of participants from around the world, including a big percentage from Africa.

"Guangdong, which annually attracts a large number of businesspeople and tourists from Africa, will never relax its vigilance in preventing Ebola," said Lin Shaochun, deputy governor of Guangdong province.

There are as many as 190 flights between Guangdong and Africa every month, with a passenger flow of more than 45,000 people. More than 60 percent of the passengers arriving on the mainland from Ebola-hit regions arrive in Guangdong.



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