Prague - Czech Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek today presented the measures taken against the spreading of the Ebola virus to the cabinet and the National Epidemiologic Commission discussed the virulent disease.
Hlavní hygienik Vladimír Valenta (vlevo) a ministr zdravotnictví Svatopluk Němeček. ČTK Vondrouš Roman
"The risk of the infection remains low for Czech citizens, however, given the seriousness of the virus, we keep monitoring the situation in coordination with European bodies," Nemecek said.
He said the fact that the meeting of the 21-member epidemiologic commission was called within 24 hours shows that the emergency system is functioning well.
"The systems are set and functioning and let´s hope that they won´t be used," Chief Sanitary Officer Vladimir Valenta said.
The National Epidemiologic Commission is headed by the health minister, whose deputy is the chief sanitary officer, and its other members are representatives of the health, defence, interior, transport, finance, education, industry, regional development, agriculture and foreign ministries.
The cabinet agreed that the Health Ministry should monitor the epidemiologic situation in West Africa and Europe and adopt the necessary measures.
According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) latest report, the death toll of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever reached 932 in West Africa, which means 45 new victims from July 2 to July 4. Over 1,700 people are infected in the region.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease has been reported from three West African countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria announced today that it has seven people infected with Ebola.
The Foreign Ministry registers 15 Czech citizens staying in the the African countries where Ebola has been spreading and it has no information that any of them would be infected with the virus, its spokeswoman Johana Grohova told CTK.
Valenta said previously people returning from the risk regions should carefully monitor their health state.
If hit by fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding within three weeks after their return from abroad, people should visit a doctor.
Transmitters of the disease may be also wild animals like monkeys, bats and antelopes. It is thus recommended not to eat meat of wild animals from the bush and not to enter caves where bats live.
The National Epidemiologic Commission today confirmed that possible Czech aid would be coordinated with other EU countries.
Nemecek said an awareness campaign on Ebola is going on among the Czech public and doctors.