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Health officials in St Lucia say they are monitoring the information emanating out of West Africa on the Ebola outbreak and whether the region faces any possible threat.  

Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted through close personal contact with an individual who is infected with the Ebola virus.

In response to this event the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director General is convening a meeting of the Emergency Committee of the WHO on August 6 and 7, 2014 in order to ascertain whether this event constitutes a ‘Public health emergency of International concern”.

National Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health Nahum Jn Baptiste notes that the department is enhancing its state of preparedness for all diseases of public health concern, with particular focus on infection control and universal health precautions.

Mr Jn Baptiste also notes that based on conclusive evidence many of the viruses being treated locally have been imported, there is a strong need for a multi-sectoral approach which would include tourism stakeholders, as well as border control officials.

He points to bird flu, and the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is the vector responsible for the spread of the dengue and chikungunya virus as some examples

According to international reports some 887 people have died from Ebola in four West African Countries
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