DFA: No Pinoys infected by Ebola virus

Posted at 08/04/14 4:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) says no Filipino has been infected so far with the deadly Ebola virus.

DFA records show there are about 880 Filipinos in Guinea, more than 600 in Liberia, including Filipino United Nations peacekeepers and nearly 2,000 in Sierra Leone.

All of them have been told to be on alert against the deadly disease.

"Our embassy in Nigeria which has jurisdiction over these West African countries is in touch with the Filipino community to advise them of the steps that they should take avoid contracting this disease, including restricting non-essential movements, avoiding crowded places, and taking extra precaution," DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said.

The Ebola virus is currently affecting several west African countries. It is one of the deadliest viruses known, and can kill its victims within days.

It is a so-called filovirus, transmitted through contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person.

The virus's natural host in Africa is thought to be a species of rainforest bat, while another concentration has been found in the western Pacific region.

People have contracted the virus after handling both dead and living chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines. -- With ANC and Agence France-Presse