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Subject: Ebola detection operations boosted
Date Posted: October 12 2014 at 12:20pm
Ebola detection operations boosted--

MEXICO CITY – The Health Secretariat is on alert at the Mexico City International Airport to detect possible cases of Ebola, said Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera.

The local health agency is monitoring the airport and taking preventative measures, and the public should remain calm as the city is prepared to handle this situation, said Mancera after the news of a victim who died of the virus in the United States.

Mexico City Health Secretary Armando Ahued reassured residents and said the International Health Area is permanently established in both Terminal 1 and 2 to maintain surveillance and encourage people not to travel to Africa, where the outbreak emerged.

Although so far there is no indication that anyone has entered Mexico with this condition and there are no direct flights from Africa to Mexico, monitoring must continue to detect any possible case, said Ahued.

“At this point we can consider that we are safe and at low risk, but the possibility keeps us on high alert,” he said.

“All international flights coming from Europe, the United States and Canada are reported if a passenger on the plane has any symptoms. The airlines notify us if someone is sick, and our doctors immediately approach the door of the plane to identify the sick passenger and ask questions to find out where the passenger comes from.”

To date only one person has been identified traveling from Africa, and this passenger was clinically determined to have no risk and was not in the area affected by the epidemic, said Ahued after confirming that airport surveillance is also maintained to detect yellow fever, cholera, Ebola and Chikungunya, a virus transmitted by mosquitos.

Additionally, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has asked for a coordinated effort to stop the epidemic.

Isolating the affected countries to contain Ebola outbreak will not work, what is required is a prompt and coordinated international response and disbursement, said Yong Kim.

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Date Posted: October 12 2014 at 7:22pm
OCT 12, 2014
Detroit Airport Prepared for Ebola

The airport has had a quarantine center that has been used during bird flu, SARS and other public health scares.

By Beth Dalbey (Patch Staff)
Updated October 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm 
Detroit Airport Prepared for Ebola
The Detroit Metropolitan Airport at Romulus isn’t among the nation’s busiest airports where travelers arriving from West Africa are being screened for the Ebola virus, but officials are still taking precautions.

Airport spokesman Mike Conway told WJBK, Channel 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has maintained a quarantine station at the airport for many years, and it will be called into service if necessary.

“We’ve had bird flu and SARS and all these other scares,” Conway said. “We’re actually pretty well-prepared to respond when needed.”

Airport firefighters are specially trained to safely deal with contagious diseases, including Ebola, and have protective equipment on hand, Conway said.

However, the airport doesn’t receive direct flights from Africa, though nonstop international flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam arriving at the airport would have provided connections from West Africa.

U.S. airports with beefed up screening processes are in New York, Newark, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, DC.

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Earlier this week, Gov. Rick Snyder said in a meeting with the The Detroit News editorial board that Michigan health-care facilities are prepared to treat Ebola patients if the need arises.

The death of the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States prompted more fears domestically as the disease shows no signs of slowing down in West Africa, where it has killed 3,800 people and has delivered a potential $32 billion hit to the African economy, CNN reports.


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