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Health Ministry considers isolation of police officers returning from Liberia

November 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Fijian Police Officers returning from Liberia are likely to be kept in an isolation facility for twenty one days to reduce the risk of Ebola.

A total of twenty seven police officers are serving in Liberia and the first group arrives home at the end of the month.

Liberia is the worst affected by the disease and Health Minister Jone Usamate says Fiji is ready for any suspected cases.

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“The point to make is that the likelihood of Ebola to come is very low if it does come then there is a big problem so we can do if there is a potential case to isolate the case the biggest risk that we have is our policemen in Liberia.”

Usamate says they are yet to decide whether the process will be undertaken in the West African country or when the police officers arrive home.

“The 21 incubation days that you need for the virus to come out can be done in either West Africa or here so that we can minimize the chance of it coming here.”

Usamate says Ebola is not a major threat to Fiji.

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