France alerts doctors for any signs of Ebola from West Africa

Thursday, April 3, 2014
By Paul Martin
April 3, 2014

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities on Thursday put doctors and hospitals on alert to report any signs that an Ebola virus outbreak affecting West Africa had infected patients in France, though no symptoms had yet been detected.

France maintains close relations with several former colonies in the region, with immigrants and the employees of French multinational firms travelling frequently back and forth.

An outbreak of the disease – which has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent – originated in Guinea two months ago and has spread to neighboring Libera and Sierra Leone, while Gambia has placed two people in quarantine.

“We have put doctors in France on alert so that they will think of this disease if they come across certain symptoms,” Health Minister Marisol Touraine told i>Tele television.

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