No Ebola screening at Irish airports, says HSE
The HSE will not yet introduce screenings for Ebola at Irish airports despite both Britain and the US setting up safety measures.
A spokesman from the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) told the Herald that aside from posters at airports and ports, no other action is being taken.
"Posters have been produced for airports and ports which provide information on Ebola to passengers travelling to or from countries affected by this outbreak.
"The World Health Organisation (WHO) is not recommending any other actions in airports or ports in Ireland in relation to Ebola," said the HSPC spokesman.
Meanwhile, the HSE has cleared a cargo ship that eight days ago was in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to dock in Dublin Port.
A spokesman said all necessary checks have been made and certificates of clearance have been submitted, ahead of the arrival of the Grande Argentina which was due to dock in the early hours of this morning.
The Gibraltar-flagged ship first docked in Tenerife on Monday after leaving the Ebola hotspot.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the country is well prepared if a case arrives on our shores.
"Ireland is preparing well for this in the event that a suspect case might come to our country and that is being coordinated by Minister Coveney (Agriculture) who has responsibility the emergency response unit," said Mr Kenny.
The Cabinet will be briefed on the Ebola crisis by the Health Minister Leo Varadkar today.
Meanwhile, the US has introduced screening measures after a man died of the virus in a Dallas hospital last Wednesday.
Tomorrow questionnaires and temperatures checks will start at JFK International Airport in New York and next week Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles, Newark and Atlanta airports will bring in the measures.
And last night the British government announced that medical screenings will start at Heathrow airport in London as well as in Gatwick and the Eurostar train terminal.
The current outbreak which started in West Africa is the most severe one in the world's history with approximately 3,868 fatalities and 7,000 confirmed cases.
Last Monday, the first case of Ebola in Europe was confirmed, when Spanish nurse Teresa Romero was diagnosed as having the disease. Authorities have placed her in isolation.
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