Thailand considers allowing Ebola-in-traveler special exemption to be declared

Authorities in Thailand say they’re considering granting travelers unvaccinated against the AIDS virus a special exemption to fly on because of the Ebola outbreak. Deputy government spokesman Lt. Gen. Jakthip Chaijinda says there are…

Thailand considers allowing Ebola-in-traveler special exemption to be declared

Authorities in Thailand say they’re considering granting travelers unvaccinated against the AIDS virus a special exemption to fly on because of the Ebola outbreak.

Deputy government spokesman Lt. Gen. Jakthip Chaijinda says there are signs of concerns among some tourists from foreign countries about the disease in Africa, but his Ministry of Public Health isn’t working on a plan yet.

He said the country is considering modifying current policy, but any exemption could only be for tourists returning from health tours or medical checkups. The countries where residents are still infected with the disease don’t usually permit travelers from other countries to fly freely.

He said the Ministry of Public Health might ask health ministry officials to advise travelers about Ebola’s effects on travelers.

He warned against “anything that can spread the disease, including stopping at a hospital by the road or by car to see if someone needs medical attention.”

Ebola causes hemorraghic fever in humans and is often fatal. Its symptoms include sudden high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting, delirium, loss of consciousness and unexplained bleeding and bruising. Only 3,200 people have ever been infected with Ebola and no known Ebola cases have ever been reported outside of Africa.

The World Health Organization said the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history affected 27,401 cases and 28,976 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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