The Japanese government has announced that should an individual suspected of being infected with Ebola arrives in Japan, information including name of the airline, flight number and the number of passengers on board, will be made public.
Last week, a 45-year-old Canadian journalist arrived at Haneda Airport having just come from the West African nation of Liberia, and was suspected of being infected with the deadly Ebola virus. He was immediately quarantined and transported to a specialized hospital located within the Tokyo metropolitan area. The name and number of the flight he had arrived on was then announced to the public for safety reasons.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said its decision to announce such information is to prevent widespread panic, TBS reported Wednesday.
From now on, the ministry will take blood samples from suspect patients and send them to the National Research Institute of Infectious Diseases for analysis. Patients suspected of being potential health threats will not only have information made public regarding their age, sex, symptoms, and possible persons with whom the patient has come in contact, but the government will also announce information regarding the flight they arrived on.
A Health Ministry spokesperson said that the flight information will be made public not to alarm others who were on the flight but instead to keep them well informed in case they need to take any action regarding their own health, TBS reported.© Japan Today