Manila on Ebola alert

Manila on Ebola alert

Manila: The Philippine government is taking measures to counter the risk of Ebola hitting the nation.

The Philippines is "vulnerable" to the threat of the deadly Ebola virus due to its migrant population, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Monday.

Some 10m Filipinos are living outside the Philippines, while over 1,700 are currently in Ebola-hit West Africa. There are hundreds of thousands of Filipinos serving at sea, many of whom regularly transit West Africa.

The government has begun requiring a 21-day screening for Filipinos in Ebola-hit countries in West Africa before they would be allowed to travel to the Philippines.

Once cleared, returning Filipinos will require observation for another 21 days in the Philippines to make sure they had not contracted the deadly virus.  [15/10/14]