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Latino Daily News

Monday August 18, 2014

Busy Mexico City Airport Prepares for Possible Ebola Cases

The Mexico City International Airport is ready to deal with any possible cases of Ebola, a viral disease that is spreading through West Africa, aviation officials said.

Posters informing travelers about the disease and the measures to take to avoid spreading it are being put up around the airport.

The airport “is fully complying with the regulations established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding the oubreak affecting Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, countries where people have been infected with the virus,” airport management said in a statement.

The facility is ready to operate under the Airport Security Plan if officials suspect a traveler is infected with the disease, general manager Alfonso Sarabia de la Garza said.

“We are prepared for the early detection of suspicious cases so we can take the necessary corrective actions, but the Health Secretariat has confirmed that the virus is not present in Mexico at this time,” Sarabia de la Garza said.

The chances of the Ebola virus reaching Mexico are small, but health officials are ready to deal with any threat, the airport’s director of medical services, Dr. Alejandro Flores Palma, said.

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