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Ebola screening at SA ports stepped up

Government says extra measures have been put in place to ensure the country remains Ebola free.

An Ebola sign placed in front of a home in the West Point slum area of Monrovia, Liberia. Picture: EPA.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, says government has upped efforts to ensure South Africa remains Ebola free.

In a post-cabinet briefing yesterday, Radebe listed measures which have been put in place.

The disease, has to date killed close to 5 000 people.

Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria have been the most affected by the deadly virus while cases have been reported abroad.

Radebe says this country has increased its screening of travelers arriving from West Africa.

"We putting in place all the necessary measures to prevent Ebola from spreading to SA. Surveillance at all ports of entry has been strengthened to identify viral hemorrhagic fevers, in particular Ebola."

Radebe said government had established a national response team in case of an outbreak, and 11 hospitals were on standby as Ebola treatment centres.