Quarantined peacekeeper tested negative for Ebola

By Jay Ruiz

The Filipino peacekeeper from Ebola-hit Liberia currently being monitored at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine is responding well to Malaria treatment.

Once he recovers, he will returned to Caballo Island to complete the 21-day quarantine period for Ebola.

So far, no other peacekeeper under quarantine on the island has developed symptoms of the deadly disease.

Over the weekend, peacekeepers got a visit from, no less than, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang Junior and acting Health Secretary Janette Garin.

“We wanted to erase the stigma, as well among our peacekeepers, that there’s really nothing to be feared of, for as long as they do not have the manifestations,” said Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, spokesperson for the DOH.

The Armed Forces is also planning a media tour on Caballo Island.

The DOH says Filipinos returning from Ebola-hit countries in West Africa may also be quarantined on Caballo Island. The DOH is appealing to the public for cooperation.

The Ebola virus has already killed more than 5,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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