Kazakhstani sanitary services have approved a special action plan in case the Ebola virus reaches Kazakhstan, deputy director of the scientific and practical center Alim Aykimbayev told a press conference in Almaty on November 5, reports Newskaz.kz.
The approved plan has defined clear rules for all services in case if Ebola-positive patient arrives in Kazakhstan. The airports have also been prepared for such cases, being equipped with special screenings.
Since Kazakhstan has no direct air links with West Africa, Ebola can still possibly reach Kazakhstan via transit passengers coming through Europe, he added.
In addition, it was ruled to establish a laboratory in Kazakhstan that would study the virus.
According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola death toll in the world could exceed 5,000 of 13,703 cases of infection. The largest number of casualties is recorded in three West African countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.