TOKYO – According to Japan’s Ministry of Health, a journalist who landed in Haneda, Tokyo with a fever has tested negative for ebola.
The man in question had visited Liberia from August to October, and had returned to Japan by way of Belgium and Britain. After arriving in Tokyo, he started to run a fever of 37.8 degrees, but he didn’t complain of any symptoms associated with the virus.
He was taken to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Shinjuku to be tested for Ebola and other pathogens, but the test results were negative. However, officials say they are going to keep him for observation over the next three days.
“Ebola can be transferred only through direct contact by infected patients, not like the influenza or SARS, which can be carried through the air. So we are asking everyone to stay clam,”Shiozaki Yasuhisa , Japan’s Minister of Health said in an interview with NHK. “Just in case, we decided to transport him and check his condition at the National Center.”
They have not yet confirmed whether the man came into contact with Ebola patients during his time out of the country.
As of Friday, Japan has taken steps to strengthen their screening measures for nationals and tourists arriving from the effected countries. Over the last few weeks, 45 hospitals have been prepared to deal with anyone showing symptoms.
This is Japan’s first Ebola scare during the recent crisis that has killed over 4,500 people in West Africa.