Israel takes precautions against Ebola

An Ebola virus virion. Credit: CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith.

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special meeting on Monday to discuss precautions against an Ebola discovery in Israel.

 The meeting was attended by Health Minister Yael German, Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz, Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirshenbaum, and representatives of the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Police, and Foreign Ministry.

The countries with the highest risk of Ebola are Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in western Africa. Accordingly, Israel has decided to increase efforts to identify people entering the Jewish state from those countries. The foreign and health ministries have also urged Israelis to avoid traveling to those destinations, according to Israel Hayom.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Nissim Ben-Shetrit said Israel has sent three mobile clinics to Ebola-affected areas in western Africa.

Posted on October 7, 2014 .