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Bali Prepares to Fight Ebola

Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital has prepared a special isolation unit – the Nusa Indah Room – for use in handling highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola.

The head of medical services at the hospital, Dr. Ketut Semarjaya, told DenPost on Saturday, August 9, 2014, that staff handling any suspected Ebola outbreak would also be equipped with special isolation suits and all items touched or used by suspected patients being treated for Ebola would be disposed of and destroyed.

In the event of the death of suspected Ebola patient special protocols are also in place for handling human remains .

Semarjaya explained that Ebola can be spread via the body fluids of both living and dead victims of the disease.

Initial symptoms of Ebola resemble other viruses and include fever, aching joints and headache. More advanced cases manifest vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding typically followed by the death of the patient.

Semarjaya said no viable vaccine exist for Ebola that is now classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a worldwide epidemic.

Health personnel are now deployed at air and seaports to detect potential threats to the public health, like Ebola.

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