Ebola risk in Caribbean low – Carpha

The virus has been spreading havoc in some parts of Africa
The virus has been spreading havoc in some parts of Africa

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) says the risk of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being imported to the Caribbean is low.

Executive director of Carpha, Dr C James Hospedales said, “There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and overall, the risk of becoming infected with the Ebola virus in this region remains low.”

He added that in countries where the virus is present, people who have direct contact with the organs, blood, or other bodily fluids of dead or living infected persons or animals are those at greatest risk.

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23 Comments

  1. HONESTY
    August 10, 2014

    People starting to talk rubbish and opening their mouth to stupid comments, have you read that the diseases started spreading in Nigeria due to a USA man who came into the country ya’all open ya mouth talking about Nigerian Students forgetting that the diseases was been spread by a US Man….Open your head and heart and think people…This is black people war waging, who knows which one they will send to the Caribbean, All u have to come off Facebook and too much SEWO and go to church and pray to God, comments and too much talk will not help us..Unity Black people!! We are being fought everyday from one war to another #eliminationOfBlackPeople #HistoryUnfolds http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709180/Ebola-victim-sparked-fears-global-outbreak-American-Father-died-incurable-virus-Nigeria-taking-international-flight-going-visit-children-Minnesota.html

  2. Damassive
    August 8, 2014

    The Nigeria’s should have special screnning or medical check ups before leaving their country…this is a serious matter and should not be taken for granted.. people travel the world to Dominican for festival which is around the corner..be aware people

  3. Anonymous
    August 7, 2014

    If what carpha wrote was an exam paper they fail fail fail cuz what they say there and nothing is the same. they have said nothing and convince us of nothing. the chances are low but how so? I read and re read and I cant find one good reason they stated why the chances are low stupesssss

  4. Anonymous
    August 7, 2014

    just don’t understand this man at all

  5. What
    August 7, 2014

    I do not understand! How can the risk be low when there are so many international airports in the Caribbean. And our islanders are up to date like the rest of the world to travel and explore, and they return home. Is ‘Carpha’ saying that somehow our airports and seaports are already prepared to deal with this pandemic? I think Carpha needs to further explain. Surely according to Carpha those that are directly in contact with the organs and bodily fluids are at a higher risk, but really how much less of a risk for contacting the disease does this make the everyday ordinary islander! I have been led to believe that this disease is highly contagious! And it is frightening to know that even health workers die.

    I am of the opinion that this disease is no more of a headache for the Caribbean than it is for the rest of world – even the richer countries. It may be time for the world to unite in prayer to find solutions to cope with this. We need God’s love and mercy even more now than before. Big-up to the loving doctors who place themselves at risk to help mankind.

  6. bambi
    August 7, 2014

    Ok. so here is my 2 cents.
    I believe that this virus was created by scientist. where could such disease come from all of a sudden.
    I BELIEVE THAT IT IS AIR BORNE!! just like CHICKENGUNYA!!
    they create chickengunya to kill people.. it didnt work so they created a stronger disease Ebola which is killing..
    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! bravo *claps hands*

    • SMH
      August 8, 2014

      I agree with you to some point…I do believe that Ebola was created by scientists…I also believe that the government released it to decrease the population of the world and given a few months it will do so drastically however I disagree with the chikungunya being airborne…I think chikungunya is a mutation from the dengue fever because the symptoms are quite the same. If it was airborne, my mom would have gotten it from me long time.

  7. Tai Williams
    August 7, 2014

    Although there has to be a sense of vigilance regarding this epidemic, we also have to be aware of the larger picture of how this virus came about, and stop with the scaremongering that is being reported within certain global media organisations.
    The impending xenophobia towards Africans will continue to go on unabated if we do not understand the larger picture.
    There has to be education and understanding of this devastating virus, so that the Health Authorities in Dominica need to be aware of the severity of this virus. In conclusion, we all need not to take notice of the , but not to alarmist propaganda that is currently being implemented within western media.

  8. Kermecia
    August 7, 2014

    There are so many diseases in Africa, we never hear about them, why the emphasis on this one if the risk is so low?

  9. Gasparo Contarini
    August 7, 2014

    Anyone with Ebola should go to skerrit! :wink:

  10. Soap MacTavish
    August 7, 2014

    That is rubbish..We have no proper screening at our various ports of transportation. What about the influx of students who come in from africa to attend the medical schools which will begin a new semester this year. 2-21 day incubation period, no discrimination but some restriction needs to be put in place

  11. Sleepy
    August 7, 2014

    What rubbish. Just last week my sister came from Africa, she could have been a carrier in the early stages.

    • The mouth
      August 7, 2014

      Where in Africa did your sister travel from?

      • Sleepy
        August 8, 2014

        She was in Kenya but even then you have no idea who she was in contact with. People travel and interact with each other every day. I think its irresponsible of Carpha to make such a statement.

  12. August 7, 2014

    moi je trouve que touts est trais gave pour les gents oui il faut faire trais attention a toutes ce que ces contagieux ou pas il faut nous protéger de tout vous avais bien raison je suis de tout cœur avec vous courage

  13. caution
    August 7, 2014

    Even so i believe we should keep our guard up and remain on high alert. Such an epidemic in a small region as the caribbean would be devastating. I find it strange that somehow black people are always the most affected by these sort of contagious diseases huh? HIV, Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, Ebola. It almost seems suspicious.

  14. Concerned
    August 7, 2014

    What about the students from Nigeria who will be coming to attend Ross University soon? Government better stop them….

    • Please
      August 7, 2014

      There are 175m people living in Nigeria and only two cases of Ebola. This statistically represents a low risk.

  15. derp
    August 7, 2014

    what about the Nigerian students… Nigeria has Ebola, oh btw last time I checked we have a lot of Nigerians in d/ca from All Saints…

    • The mouth
      August 7, 2014

      There are 175 million people in Nigeria and only 2 people with Ebola. Statistically that is a low risk.

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