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Algeria Press Service

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24/04/2017 10:35

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TAMANRASSET- No cases of Ebola virus were recorded in the region of Tamanrasset or elsewhere over the national territory Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Abdelmalek Boudiaf, affirmed Monday in In-Guezzam Locality (Tamanrasset, 1970 km south of Algiers).

While accompanying the Premier Abdelmalek Sellal, on working and inspection visit to In-Guezzam, the minister told APS that "no cases of Ebola were recorded in this region or in others throughout the national territory, as reported by some national newspapers."

"The same system for the prevention against Ebola virus set up in the country’s northern country has been deployed in the South," Boudiaf added.



TIZI-OUZOU- National airports will be equipped with a fever detection system, called "tapis," announced Thursday in Tizi-Ouzou Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Abdelmalek Boudiaf.

The Health ministers, who was on working visit to the province of Tizi Ouzou (103-km east of Algiers), said that this system will strengthen the preventive measures taken by Algeria at its land borders, airports and ports to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into the country.

Boudiaf said that according to scientists, "the Ebola virus, which appeared in tropical countries and has spread to the West African countries "cannot survive in Algeria because of its climate, environment and the way of life of Algerians," underlining however, the need to remain vigilant."

ALGIERS- The prevention department of the Health Ministry has taken all the necessary preventive measures to deal with the Ebola virus, said Wednesday in Algiers, Salim Belkessam, advisor in charge of communication at the ministry.

“There is no direct link among the African countries with a strong outbreak of the Ebola virus namely Sierra Leone,” Belkessam told APS, underlining that the preventive measures were reinforced on the national borders to deal with the virus.

"Until now, no case of this virus has been reported in Algeria,” he said adding that “an information sheet is currently being developed and will be given to foreign travellers coming from countries affected by the epidemic.”

He ruled out cases of contraction of this virus in Algeria, transmission factors being absent.

Noting that the preventive measures implemented by the ministry to deal with the Corona virus are also valid to the Ebola virus, Belkessam said that the “ministry gave firm instructions to doctors in public and private sectors to put suspected cases or carriers of the disease symptoms in quarantine in every province where samples are taken and sent to the national laboratory of the Pasteur Institute.”

ALGIERS- The risk of Ebola virus outbreak in Algeria is "low," said Thursday the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform in a statement.

"After analysing the situation, the special committee of experts in different areas, said that there is a low risk of Ebola outbreak in Algeria," said the Health ministry, which has however taken many preventive measures.

"The environmental and climatic conditions in different regions of Algeria, particularly in the South are not favourable to the survival of Ebola virus," said the ministry.

In this regard, the ministry also cited "the mode of transmission of the disease, which requires close and direct contact with body fluids of infected people, the virus outbreak is still in limited geographic area, and the absence of direct air links between Algeria and Guinea," the country where Ebola virus has been reported by the World Health Organization.

ALGIERS- Algeria has set up a surveillance and warning system for the prevention of Ebola fever, said Monday in Algiers, the director of prevention at the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Pr. Ismail Mesbah.

On the sidelines of a seminar marking the celebration of the World Health Day, observed every 7 April, Pr. Ismail Mesbah announced a meeting of a committee of experts at the Ministry on Wednesday and Thursday to assess the risk of Ebola virus spread in Algeria, adding that preventive measures will be strengthened to avert this deadly epidemic.

The Ministry of Health is about to finalize the necessary measures to prevent this disease, he said, adding that the risk of having Ebola virus in Algeria is "very minimal."

Pr Messbah also underlined that Algeria is making daily efforts to ensure compliance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization regarding this epidemic.