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Chinese experts join fight against Ebola


By SHAN JUAN in Beijing and LI LIANXING in Nairobi, Kenya

Updated: 2014-08-12

Chinese teams go to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia

China has sent three teams of experts to Ebola-affected West African countries to help fight the deadly virus.

It is the first time Beijing has offered overseas assistance in response to a public health emergency.

Li Qun, emergency response chief at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the move will help with China's own Ebola response.

Chinese experts join fight against Ebola
Quarantine workers at Qingdao airport in Shandong province test samples for the Ebola virus on Monday. China remains on the alert for a possible influx of the virus. [Xie Hao/For China Daily]

"Our experts' communication with local frontline medics for Ebola control and treatment will help with our response to the virus at both clinical and future research sites," he said, adding that China has never had an Ebola outbreak or used the virus strain for research purposes.

The teams left on Sunday night and will travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A statement issued by the National Health and Family Planning Commission on Sunday said each team comprises an epidemiologist and two specialists in disinfection and protection. Team members are from the China disease control center and other institutions.

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