Ebola fears ahead of global telecoms conference in South Korea

The South Korean government has placed a request on delegates from West Africa to not travel to the International Telecommunication Union conference, which opens in Busan today (20 October).

Ebola fears ahead of global telecoms conference in South Korea
Ebola fears ahead of global telecoms conference in South Korea

More than 170 attendees from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak –  are set to attend the International Telecommunication Union event at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre on Monday, which runs until 7 November.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has also increased quarantine and monitoring protocol at the Gimhae International Airport and has deployed five ‘fever detectors’ at the convention centre in case delegates show Ebola-like symptoms.

A government official has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal explaining that South Korea does not have a special ward to properly isolate a patient who might contract the disease.

More than 3,000 government officials and 600,000 international delegates set to attend the three-week event.

The South Korean government has donated more than £370,000 through the World Health Organisation to help the worst hit nations suffering from Ebola.

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