No Ebola in SA - NICD

Johannesburg - There are no cases of Ebola in South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Friday.

"We have no Ebola in the country," NICD public health, surveillance, and response head Lucille Blumberg told reporters in Johannesburg.

"The chances of an outbreak [in South Africa] are very small."

The Associated Press reported that over 700 people had died of Ebola in west Africa, with the worst recorded outbreak in history centred in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.

Blumberg said the virus was not easily transmitted and people travelling to areas affected would not contract the virus.

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Lauren Adams 2014-08-01 12:01:23 PM
Don't relax though. Chances of getting in the country are still very high!
Gavin Venter 2014-08-01 12:01:41 PM
Ebola is a filovirus looks so innocent, but isn't just like Zuma and Malema. Lol
Hlayisani Brian Mahos 2014-08-01 12:06:15 PM
lets continue showering prayers that it does not reach SA. lets also for those affected
Sbongile Bosh Mlalandle 2014-08-01 12:10:29 PM
Jesus christ is ths their way of assuring us that we safe? If is thn they need 2 be taken out of their job. Cz thats not wat we want 2 hear. We want thm 2 be puttng up measures 2 make sure that it daznt happn. Cz small chance is stl a chance. Whl the rest of the world r puttng up contigency they busy bull crappng us .
Sbongile Bosh Mlalandle 2014-08-01 12:14:37 PM
Blumberg u realy knw nothng abt ebola ne. I thnk he shuld be put ryt at the center of that out break and c hw lng he wuld stay alive. Cz in my book 90% kill rate of infectd ppl is not smthng 2 be down playd.
Raymond Randall 2014-08-01 12:27:02 PM
Have they checked zuma ! He is far from well
Raymond Randall 2014-08-01 12:27:38 PM
Have they checked zuma ! He is far from well
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-01 12:29:43 PM
This is good news, but don't think that we are in the clear. It is not far away. The Health department or even NICD need to inform the public extensively of what to look out for. This is a killer disease, it is contagious.
Reality 2014-08-01 12:31:12 PM
> Blumberg said the virus was not easily transmitted and people travelling to areas affected would not contract the virus. ..and that is why no doctors who are treating people wear any protective gear.. And remember.. beetroot is the fastest cure for Ebola.
Jenny Anderson 2014-08-01 12:41:00 PM
All you need is one person, our borders are open there is hardly ANY control so who knows. To say that sa wont be affected is really arrogant