ISLAMABAD: More than 100 Philippine peacekeepers arrived home from Ebola-ravaged Liberia on Wednesday to spend 21 days in quarantine a sign of the region’s nervousness over the deadly virus.
Although there have been no cases of Ebola in Southeast Asia or Asia Pacific, governments have been swift to implement preventative measures, as in the case of the 133 Philippine soldiers and police returning from a yearlong the United Nations mission, Anadolu News Agency reported.
Despite testing negative for the disease in Africa, the soldiers still face three weeks in isolation on Caballo Island before they are reunited with their families, according to local media.
“This is in compliance to our government’s drive for the country to remain Ebola virus disease free,” Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang said.
Across the region, a number of suspected cases have been reported, later found to be malaria or other illness showing similar symptoms. However, the region remains free of Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa.
Increased controls at airports are one obvious sign of the preventative measures that have been put in place. Questionnaires ask if passengers have visited high-risk areas and thermal scanners monitor body temperatures.
The thousands of guest workers working on infrastructure and other projects in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea the three countries primarily affected by the disease are particularly selected for attention.