DOH belies 18 Ebola virus cases in QC

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STRESSING that the country remains Ebola-free, the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday denied reports circulating in social media that there are now 18 cases of the deadly virus in Quezon City.

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In a statement, the agency stressed that there is no truth to the report and no case of Ebola has entered the Philippines.

“The website where the online report was published – Viral Ninja (sa-feurlpath.com), is a hoax and we have no employee named Gemma Sheridan, who was quoted in the fake report” the statement declared.

As of Wednesday, the World Health Organization said the new Ebola death toll stands at 4,818, with 13,042 reported cases.

The DOH also appealed to the public to avoid spreading unconfirmed report to avoid sowing panic and fear.

It assured that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Ebola is constantly monitoring reported cases of the deadly disease in affected Western African countries.

It added that they are on “constant alert” at the ports and airports of the country to prevent entry of any person who has a suspected case of Ebola.

The DOH said Ebola could be transmitted through close contact with an infected person, blood secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.

It can also be transmitted through body fluids and stools of an infected person; contaminated needles and soiled linen used by infected patients; direct contact with the body of a deceased person.

Its symptoms include fever, headache, intense weakness, joint and muscle pains, and sore throat vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and rashes.

An infected person could also have impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding; and sometimes, rash, red eyes, hiccups, and bleeding from body openings.

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