Via the South China Morning Post: Hong Kong Red Cross volunteers return from Ebola-stricken Liberia, free of disease. Excerpt:
Two local volunteers who worked to fight Ebola in Liberia arrived back in Hong Kong yesterday disease-free, as lawmakers gathered to discuss measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the city.
Clinical psychologist Eliza Cheung Yee-lai and Dr May Yeung Pui-shan, both from Hong Kong Red Cross, showed no symptoms when they were stopped by health officers at the airport for preliminary assessments. They were allowed to leave without being quarantined.
"Eliza and I have finished our mission. Our health is good, and we are in good spirits," said Yeung, a public health expert.
The pair left Hong Kong for Liberia on July 22 to train and teach medical professionals and citizens. The West African country is one of those worst-hit by the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Health minister Dr Ko Wing-man said before the pair's arrival that the Health Department would monitor the two volunteers' health closely.
Red Cross deputy secretary general Bonnie So Yuen-han said that over the next 21 days - the incubation period for Ebola - the pair would monitor their conditions and keep the Health Department informed.
Part of the legacy of Dr. Margaret Chan, after she stopped the 1997-98 H5N1 outbreak, was to create a public health culture in Hong Kong. That's why the Centre for Health Protection tells the world about every outbreak of sniffles in every Hong Kong kindergarten, and every negative MERS test. But the culture is pro-active as well as reactive, and these two are exemplars.