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Japan's Narita airport steps up measures against Ebola

The Yomiuri Shimbun/ANN | Friday, Aug 15, 2014

An information board at Narita Airport displays precautions for travelers heading to countries with confirmed outbreaks of Ebola.

NARITA, Japan - Narita Airport Quarantine is strengthening measures to prevent the Ebola virus from entering Japan, in light of the deadly outbreak in parts of West Africa.

There are no direct flights from West African countries to Narita Airport, but there are fears that residents and travelers from such countries as Guinea, where there have been reports of an Ebola outbreak, may transfer planes at Narita Airport. To address such concerns, airport quarantine has been stepping up efforts to screen out infected individuals with fever by conducting thermographic inspections.

Furthermore, in response to the World Health Organisation's declaration of an international emergency on Aug. 8, quarantine is urging those who have stayed in West Africa to voluntarily declare their visit when entering Japan through public announcements in Japanese and English in addition to information boards and video displays in eight languages.

Several individuals each day declared that they stayed in West Africa, according to quarantine. But doctors who interviewed such travelers so far have not detected any signs of Ebola virus.

Narita quarantine is also warning those departing Japan from the airport to be vigilant about the disease.

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