While Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata and Kochi airports have been put on alert by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MH&FW); Goa has been kept out-off the Alert Airport List, even though Nigerian tourists among the list of probable carriers of the Ebola Virus and the state sees a considerable number of Nigerian tourists.
The ministry directive has come about on account of the alarm raised by World Health Organisation (WHO) on the spread of the ‘Ebola Virus’ from affected countries of Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Since the issue of MH&FW directive on 10th August, 5235 passengers have been screened at the different airports. However, MH&FW senior officials have reiterated that as on date, there is no confirmed or even suspect case of Ebola Virus Disease in India.
WHO has reported a total of 1975 cases and 1069 deaths (as on 11th August 2014) due to Ebola Virus Disease from affected countries.