Chief Environmental Officer Anthony Scotland has sounded a word of caution in light of a recent outbreak of the deadly disease, Ebola, on the African continent.
“Dominicans have to be on the alert and we have to keep our guards and maintain a clean and pristine environment at all times,” he stated.
According to Scotland the fatality rate of the disease is almost 90 percent with no known cure.
“Ebola is a deadly disease,” he pointed out. “Its fatality rate is almost at 90 percent so those who get it will most likely die within a certain amount of days.”
The Ebola outbreak has largely been limited to Africa however, Global medical charity, Doctors Without Borders, has warned that the crisis is unprecedented and out of control.
Scotland also pointed out that individuals should always be alert when any infectious disease is occurring.
Meanwhile, St Lucia’s national Epidemiologist, Nahum Jn Baptiste, has expressed confidence that the Eastern Caribbean sub-region is prepared if a case of the disease is reported.
“We feel fairly confident that should we get a case of the Ebola virus in this part of the region, we will be prepared in terms of response and best practices, which is not to say that we are not concerned,” Jn Baptiste said told reporters in St. Lucia last week.
According to researchers the Ebola outbreak is the worst in the world to date.
The World Health Organization has noted that the disease is one of the world’s most virulent.
The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.
Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care.
During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.
Symptoms initially include muscle pains and joint aches, though they worsen to vomiting, diarrhoea and internal and external bleeding in the final stages.