The Entrance Gates of Greece at the airports will be recruited by additional health personnel, fully updated on Ebola Emergency Response by the Greek Center for Disease Control, while Travelers arriving in Greece from Ebola hit countries, or countries “suspicious” for potential Ebola transmission will be asked to fill a “contact history” questionnaire on their arrival, as to be first screened for potential Ebola infection.
According to their contact and travel history, travelers will be allowed to enter Greece, or will be further medically screened for Ebola virus, and in case of infection, will be quarantined.
On a broad Emergency meeting of the Greek Ministry of Health on Friday, October 10, with all the stakeholders involved in the Prevention and Response of Ebola epidemic, the Greek CDC (HCDCP/KEELPNO), and the Emergency Operation Center, it was decided that preventive measures for Ebola virus should be intensified, and that extra special caution should be given on the awareness of people who come in contact with the immigrants, NGO workers, illicit immigrants’ populations, and immigrant groups.
No further information on the possible risks for Ebola contamination through the illicit immigrants’ populations was announced after the meeting, even though the latest updated scientific facts of the epidemic, do show important gaps on Greece’s Safety on the Prevention of Ebola, by the thousands of illicit immigrants, who extensively live and interact with the local population on the Aegean islands and in the Greek cities.
On Thursday, October 9, the new Maire of Mytilini, Lesvos island, Spyros Galinos, sent a furious letter to three ministers in charge, expressing the deep regrets of the local population for the governments’ unacceptable indifference for the hundreds of illicit immigrants, who remain, unchecked for infectious diseases, settled at Mytilini port, as soon as they step out of the traffickers’ boats, many of them from origin countries hardly hit by Ebola, and so many other infectious diseases.
But the most scary version of this story in Greece is just starting to be revealed. On Lesvos island, specifically, there is an open issue with the sewage dumps that are not properly evacuated, on the exact points of the illicit immigrants’ shelters. On the same moment, throughout the town of the island, wells of the sewerage system remained during the whole summer not properly sealed, stinking all over the city a repulsive stench .
How responsible to the Global Health Village, the Greeks, and the travelers and tourists, could this situation, by the authorities’ indifference, be?
The latest updates by the US Center of Disease Control emphasize on the strict guidelines by which the body of the first Ebola victim in the US has to be buried.
According to CDC documents, only people trained in handling infected human remains and wearing proper safety gear should touch or move any Ebola-infected remains. Handling and transportation should be kept to a minimum and an autopsy should be avoided unless absolutely essential.
The body should not be washed or cleaned in any way and should be wrapped in plastic to prevent contamination. Following the removal of the body, the hospital room should be thoroughly disinfected. So long as the body is safely shrouded in plastic, any transport drivers do not need to wear protective gear.
Once the body arrives at the mortuary, the agency does not recommend embalming. The shrouded body should be placed directly into a hermetically sealed casket by trained mortuary personnel wearing head-to-toe protective gear. The remains should then be immediately buried or cremated.
If Duncan’s body is to be transported back to West Africa, the family will need to comply with the regulations of the country of destination, and will have to be coordinated in advance with U.S. health authorities.