Norwegian health authorities were meeting on Friday to discuss ways of preventing ebola infection in Norway. Among their options: Subjecting travelers to ebola control at the airports.
The US and Great Britain have already expanded health checks of passengers arriving by plane and train.Norwegian health director Bjørn Guldvog is now considering the same, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
“We’re evaluating various measures continually,” Guldvog told NRK. “The knowledge we have so far indicates such health checks have little effect, but we want to see how the British and the Americans are thinking, to see whether this might be relevant for Norway, too.”
Norway received its first case of ebola earlier in the week, after a doctor volunteering her services in Sierra Leone tested positive for the deadly virus. She was flown back to Norway and is undergoing treatment at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, where medical officials were sparse with updates on her condition. Ebola already has killed nearly 4,000 people in West Africa during the epidemic now raging mostly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.