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More nurses to be sent to regional airports as Ebola countermeasure

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The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to increase the number of certified nurses at quarantine stations at 21 regional airports in Japan to prepare for possible outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Currently, 384 health ministry personnel, including doctors, nurses and administrative officials, are assigned to quarantine stations at airports, TBS reported Wednesday. However, 19 airports have no personnel.

The ministry said it will add 30 certified nurses as inspectors at regional airports including Ibaraki and Shizuoka, starting from January.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases will hire more researchers as well.

“Preventing the spread of Ebola to Japan is essential," said a health ministry spokesman. "Increasing personnel is one of our strategies.”

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@jeff: one or mor tourists who visited there Better prepared than too late/

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Why? Japan expecting a big influx of visitors from West Africa?

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Sigh, yet another contribution to the 'climate of fear'.

When seen from the right perspective the 'climate of fear' generated by reactionary ideology is deliberately misleading.

Because unless you eat infected s...t, are handling an infected dead body, or work around the infected with an open wound or orifice as a medical professional does, there is little risk.

The fact is all the strains of the Ebola virus can't live outside of bodily fluids, as they die very fast.

Human risk is from open sewers and the practice in undeveloped countries of relatives handling the dead; or as we see in many African villages who practice of throwing the dead in the street. All these unsanitary practices are due to the level of development and extreme poverty.

So do you Japanese people live in an undeveloped country with open sewers or where it is common for relatives to handle the dead or toss them in the street?

For that matter, is any of the first world run under these conditions?
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to prepare for possible outbreak of the Ebola virus

There was an article in the Economist which identified India as the pivot for this outbreak.

There are many Indian expats in or near the areas of infection. If an infected person was to return to India all bets are off.

So the Japanese government's preparation is sensible at this stage. The future is unknonw and as much as possible should be planned for. .

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@Sherman

Japanese and other people travel to countries with an Ebola outbreak, or they may be in contact with people who have travelled there, and they can come to Japan with and without a visa.

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Apart from Diplomats, I have never met anyone from Liberia or Sierra Leone in Japan because they cannot get visas. Might be a few in Roppongi under the radar, but they are here anyway.

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