POEA suspends deployment to West Africa

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TO prevent Filipinos from being afflicted with the Ebola virus in West Africa, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has temporarily suspended processing and deployment of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there.

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POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said the government is doing this “preventive action” for the protection of all OFWs and their families and for the “general health and welfare of the public.”

He added that the POEA is still to clarify with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Health (DOH) the current situation in the Ebola virus-afflicted West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The Ebola virus is an “extremely infectious, but not extremely contagious” disease, which is spread through close contact with bodily fluids of infected organisms, both human and animal.

Its symptoms typically include weakness, fever, aches, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.

They also include rashes, red eyes, chest pain, throat soreness, difficulty in breathing or swallowing and bleeding.

The symptoms also typically appear eight to ten days after exposure to the virus, but the incubation period can span two to 21 days.

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