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HARARE, Dec 4– About 3,000 people who travelled to countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus have been placed under quarantine in Zimbabwe since August this year although none of the cases have tested positive.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease, which spreads through contact with infected body fluids, the worst outbreak ever of the disease with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone recording the highest numbers of cases and deaths.

Zimbabwe has dedicated the Harare City Council-owned Wilkins Infectious Disease Hospital as the isolation centre for Ebola cases in the capital in the event the virus is detected.

Health and Child Care Epidemiology and Disease Control Director Dr Portia Manangazira said here Wednesday that at least 3,000 people had so far been isolated in centres throughout the country since August this year.

“Across the country there have been several cases of quarantine. We still maintain that we have not had a single case of Ebola in the country but in terms of persons that have been followed up or put on surveillance we are almost hitting 3 000 since early August when we put in place the screening measures at our major air and ground ports of entry,” she added.

“We have been following up travelers that returned or came to Zimbabwe from Ebola affected countries. We still maintain caution for travellers coming from these countries and we still do a 21-day follow up for arrivals.
Most of them have successfully completed the 21 days of surveillance and we keep following up on them.”

Nearly 7,000 people have died so far after contracting the virus out of more than 16,000 cases reported so far since the outbreak began in Guinea early this year.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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