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Visitors to W. Africa cautioned against risks of Ebola outbreak

TAIPEI--Taiwanese planning on visiting West Africa should be aware of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that has killed nearly 700 people since March, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

There is no need to panic, however, over whether the deadly disease will spread to Taiwan, said CDC Deputy Director General Chuang Jen-hsiang.

"Chances of the virus being imported to Taiwan though air travel are very, very low," Chuang said, amid escalating fears that the disease could spread after a Liberian passenger brought the virus into Nigeria on flight to Lagos on July 20.

Chuang explained that community transmission of Ebola is often a result of direct contact of broken skin or mucous membranes with bodily fluids of infected people, or indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids — conditions that are not easily met.

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