Via allAfrica.com, a report in The Daily Observer: Guinea: Gambia on Alert After Guinea, Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak. Excerpt:
Health authorities in The Gambia appear to have been alerted by the deadly outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever - Ebola disease - in neighbouring West African countries after 59 out of the 80 people infected in Guinea reportedly died, whilst Sierra Leone is making efforts to contain it.
The Daily Observer Sunday afternoon gauged the reaction of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for comments on the potential threat the highly contagious disease poses to the population, and from all indications they are ready to deal with it in case of any suspected incident.
"The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare would like to inform the general public of the outbreak of ebola virus in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The general public is hereby informed that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is fully aware of the situation and closely monitoring it. All the required logistics and manpower are readily available to deal with the situation in case of any suspected or confirmed case of the disease.
"The general public should look out for the following signs and symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, bleeding from the nose, mouth, anus and vagina plus history of travel or occupational exposure to wild life. All suspected cases should be reported to the nearest health facility. The disease is serious and contagious.
"Once again the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare wishes to assure the general public that there should be no cause for alarm," it concluded.