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Ebola virus found among captive monkeys in PH

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by capslocked, Sep 6, 2015.

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    • Ebola Reston Virus (ERV) found among monkeys in an undisclosed breeding and research facility
    • ERV is the mildest subtype of Ebola virus
    • The medical conditions of the facility’s 25 workers are currently being monitored
    The Department of Health disclosed that several monkeys held captive in a breeding and research facility in the country have been tested positive for Ebola Reston Virus (ERV).

    Health Secretary Janette Garin confirmed the ERV cases among captive monkeys in the undisclosed facility.

    The breeding and research facility’s 25 workers are being monitored, according to the health secretary. Blood samples collected from the workers were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City for Ebola virus disease antibodies testing. The tests yielded negative result for ERV.

    Garin assured the public that the ERV found on the captive monkeys is different from the deadly Ebola virus found in West Africa which claimed the lives of at least 8,000 people; triggering global concern over the spread of the virus, as disclosed in a report by Please or Register to view links TV’s Balitanghali.

    There are different types of Ebola virus and ERV is the “mildest and kindest of them all,” Garin said.

    The World Health Organization said Ebola virus have five subtypes, only three of them — the Zaire, Sudan and Bundibugyo subtypes — are associated with the deadly hemorrhagic fever in humans. The Cote d’Ivoire and ERV are not.

    ERV poses minimal to zero threat to healthy human adults, Garin said in a statement. However, there is no record of ERV’s effect on children, pregnant women and people with underlying illnesses.

    The Bureau of Animal Industry is working with the DOH in tracing the source of ERV.

    “We call on the public not to panic as wrong information may lead to more harm than help in the community. Vigilance is still needed. Let us be precautious and adhere to the reminders given by the DOH. Allow us to emphasize that the present situation is limited to monkeys,” Garin said; adding that her agency would give an update on the issue next week.
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