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6 suspect Ebola patients quarantined at Delhi airport

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 6:45am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Six high-risk cases (suspect cases) of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) were on Monday admitted to quarantine facility at the Delhi airport.

“Six high-risk cases have been admitted on September 1, 2014 to quarantine facility at Delhi Airport. We are monitoring the situation closely and everything is in place to tackle any situation,” said a senior health ministry official. 

According to the union health ministry, “during past 24 hours, 181 passengers from the affected countries have arrived at the airports of Mumbai (71), Delhi (44), Chennai (22), Bangalore (26), Kochi (4), Trivandrum (7), Hyderabad (4) and Kolkata (3)”

Since India started screening passengers from 10th August coming from EVD affected countries like Liberia and Nigeria over 15,000 passengers arriving at International airports have been screened.

As on date, at least 816 passengers are being tracked and most of them are in the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. 

Recently, Afcons and International SOS have brought back 113 passengers (including 02 Nepalese Nationals) from Liberia to India. 96 passengers landed in Mumbai and another 17, in Delhi. The passengers who landed in Delhi were also taken to Mumbai by Afcons.

“They have all travelled to their respective destinations. State governments have been provided with the details. These passengers are being tracked. About 80 passengers are being monitored and one passenger, who is being tracked and monitored in West Bengal has confirmed to be having Malaria,” a health ministry statement said.

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