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Taiwan works closely in the fight against Ebola

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By Dr. Steve H.S. Kuo
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This was expressed in a letter from Dr. Steve H.S. Kuo, Director General, Center for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan, ROC

Taiwan is stepping up preparedness measures to protect its citizens while partnering with the global community to mount an effective response. Taiwan is densely populated with a significant number of international passengers, and having experienced major outbreaks of diseases like SARS, H1N1 and H7N9, exercised extreme caution to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current outbreak of Ebola one public health emergency of international concern (ESPII) immediately established a Working Group on the Ebola virus to monitor the latest developments and reinforce the implementation of measures Ebola prevention.

Taiwan also has a number of border measures that were instituted during the post-SARS, including checkpoints fever at all ports of entry period. The Centers for Disease Control Taiwan also require passengers arriving from high-risk areas to fill in a declaration form indicating Ebola their travel history. These border measures are our first line of defense, allowing the center to activate their response mechanism as soon as a suspected case is identified, and contain the virus. Given the complexity behind the emergence and transmission of Ebola virus, we must stop the spread of the disease at its source. Therefore, it is important that we work with our global partners and do more to support West Africa. As a responsible global citizen, Taiwan is ready and willing to participate in international and humanitarian relief efforts for affected countries. President Ma Ying-jeou has pledged to provide 100,000 sets of protective clothing, donate $ 1 million in cash, and send a team of medical experts to the affected areas in West Africa. Taiwan looks forward to working with the international community in stopping Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases.

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