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China Preparing For Potential Imported Ebola Cases; Piot Says Country At Risk

News outlets report on how China is addressing the threat of potential imported Ebola cases.

Associated Press: Ebola expert says China at risk, seeks Japan aid
“A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers of Chinese workers traveling to and from Africa. Peter Piot, who is director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said … China’s controls for infectious diseases have improved and authorities have become more open about public health risks since severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, broke out in southern China in 2002…” (Kurtenbach, 10/30).

Reuters: In Guangdong, nervy Chinese ramp up Ebola watch
“Chinese authorities have identified the southern province of Guangdong, home to Asia’s biggest African population, as a frontline in their efforts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering mainland China. The province bordering Hong Kong has proven susceptible to infectious diseases in the past, shouldering a large share of SARS and bird flu cases, prompting local authorities to take no chances with Ebola…” (Lee, 10/30).

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