Date
23 November 2017
A man reads a document while attending the opening of a summit on the fast-growing outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa. Photo: AFP
A man reads a document while attending the opening of a summit on the fast-growing outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa. Photo: AFP

Risk of Ebola outbreak in HK remains low

An Ebola outbreak in Hong Kong is unlikely because of its high hygiene standards and experience in preventing infectious diseases, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing the Center for Health Protection (CHP).

Still, Hong Kong health authorities are leaving nothing to chance.

Incoming travelers holding passports from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — the three west African countries in the grip of an Ebola epidemic — are being handed health advisory cards and encouraged to watch themselves for any Ebola-like symptoms.

The procedure is less stringent than that for the swine flu outbreak that required all incoming travelers to fill out health declaration forms. The practice was expensive but not fool-proof, according to CHP.

It said people should not panic as Ebola is not infectious and Hong Kong has the means to contain it. The risk of an outbreak is relatively low, the report said, citing CHP controller Dr. Leung Ting-hung. 

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said there is no need to follow Macau’s practice of tracking west African tourists by phone, the report said.

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