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Ebola warning for entertainers travelling to West Africa

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica Oct 4, 2014 - Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson has issued an Ebola warning for entertainers who travel to disease stricken west Africa countries to perform.

Addressing the opening of a refurbished Health Centre at Williamsfield Westmoreland yesterday, Minister Ferguson said the Health Ministry will be hosting meetings with members of the entertainment industry, to discuss concerns about their presence in West African countries due to the Ebola Virus.

The Health Minister said the concern has been raised because of the contagious nature of the virus, and its potential to cause significant harm if introduced in Jamaica.

Dr Ferguson, said the meeting will involve the Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill, State Minister with responsibility for Entertainment Damian Crawford, and the Jamaica Federation of Musicians.

Dr Ferguson noted that if the entertainers travel to the affected areas of the continent, they will face some necessary scrutiny on their return.

Unlike Dengue and the Chikungunya virus, Ebola is transmitted by bodily contact.

The virus has so far killed over 3000 people in West Africa.

  

Last modified onSunday, 12 October 2014 04:57

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