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Nanjing games staff urge calm over Ebola fears

Source:China Daily

Sun Xiaochen in Nanjing and Shan Juan

Updated: 2014-08-06

Citing feasible plans and disease control precautions, the Jiangsu provincial epidemic prevention agency is urging the public not to worry about the Ebola virus during the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

With 10 days before the Youth Olympics kick off in Nanjing, the number of international visitors has been surging, raising public concern that the crowds - particularly with people from Ebola-hit West Africa - could cause the virus to spread.

The latest WHO updates put the total cases at more than 1,600, including more than 880 deaths, in four countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Ebola causes serious illness with a death rate of up to 90 percent.

However, the Jiangsu provincial center of disease control and prevention is easing fears over the virus, citing intercity monitoring and well-prepared quarantine procedures during the youth event, which attracts 6,000 athletes and officials from around the world.

"The public doesn't need to panic as we are sufficiently prepared against the virus, which now remains contained in limited areas of the world," Tang Fenyang, director of the center's acute-disease institute, told China Daily on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the National Health and Family Planning Commission said that the chances of the virus coming to China remained slim.

Tang said the center has offered education about Ebola to local disease control staff and relevant doctors, and launched a unified monitoring and prevention mechanism with surrounding cities and customs to closely scrutinize any possible threat.

The virus is only spread through contact with infected body fluids such as blood, urine and saliva, said Xiang Nijuan, a senior specialist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, the center in Nanjing has helped the Youth Olympic Village's medical team upgrade its prevention facilities by providing outfits and virus-detection kits, Tang said.

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