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Taiwanese in Nigeria all safe during Ebola scare: MOFA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's representative office in Nigeria has been closely monitoring the latest development of a possible Ebola virus outbreak in the African country, the Ministry Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) yesterday said all the staff working at Taiwan's representative office and the 100-plus Taiwanese businessmen working in the country have not been affected by the reported Ebola virus outbreak in Western Africa.

“The office has been keeping close contact with Nigerian authorities to keep posted on the latest information of the situation,” Kao said.

According to latest updates, Nigerian disease control units have launched responsive measures, she noted.

The operation of the Taiwan office has not been affected by the outbreak so far, she added.

The MOFA spokeswoman made the remarks when asked to comment on Taiwan's responsive measures in the face of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Africa.

According to foreign media reports, Nigeria has recorded its second Ebola case — one of the doctors who treated a man who died from the virus after his arrival from Liberia.

The health minister of Nigeria said a further eight people who came into contact with him have been placed in quarantine, according to a BBC report on Wednesday.

The latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), as of Aug. 4, said that the cumulative number of cases attributed to the deadly disease in the four countries stands at 1,711, including 932 deaths.

This year's outbreak, the worst ever, has been centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

MOFA has already raised the travel alert to the three African countries to orange, the second highest alert at MOFA's four-color system, advising nationals against visiting the area.

Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also heightened a health advisory on travel to Nigeria Wednesday from “watch” to “alert” due to cases of the deadly Ebola virus reported there.

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