Peru can detect Ebola virus within 24 hours

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Thursday August 21, 2014
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Peru has all that is necessary to detect the Ebola virus within 24 hours. Up till now there have not been any cases of the virus reported in Peru, but the National Institute of Health (INS) declares they are prepared.

Authorities have put up posters around Lima’s airport informing passengers to or from Africa about the symptoms and the prevention of Ebola. Symptoms include sudden fever, diarrhea, muscle spasms, skin rashes, liver and kidney malfunction and internal and external bleeding.

Erneste Bustamente, head of the INS, says Peru is one of a few South America countries with the capacity to detect the virus. The modern laboratory that Peru has, puts them ahead. Although there is no commercially available vaccine against Ebola yet, Canada has sent the WHO an experimental drug to treat the cases in West Africa.

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