Ebola enters Philippines? Filipino peacekeeper from Libera has fever

Manila, Philippines – A Filipino peacekeeper who came from Ebola-hit Liberia has been brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, a state-run medical facility is equipped to handle Ebola cases, in Muntinlupa City, the Department of Health said.

The move was a precaution for the Philippine government to contain if ever the peacekeeper has Ebola or not, after the 133 Filipino soldiers returned from Ebola-stricken Liberia last Wednesday. The soldiers are under quarantined for three weeks in Caballo Island.

The Filipino peacekeeper who had to be isolated for fever symptoms no longer had a fever on Friday afternoon but was feeling weak, the Department of Health said.

The DOH reiterated the sick peacekeeper had fallen ill due to malaria before, and that this could just be a relapse.

Is Philippines ready for the Ebola virus?

On Wednesday, health worker from different hospitals and communities rallied to the Department of Health as they denounced the insufficient preparations against the threat of Ebola, demanding for safety and protection for those tasked to face it.

They said the government’s declaration that the Philippines is ready to combat Ebola, the training held in October, and the full-body hazmat suits shown to the media are all but press releases, according to a report.

About 3,500 Filipinos are working in the three Ebola-hit West African countries. Records from the DFA have shown that there are 880 Filipinos deployed in Guinea; 1,979 in Sierra Leone and 632 in Liberia.

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