Zambian government allays Ebola fears

Vice President Guy Scott has called for calm among Zambians amid fear that the dreaded Ebola virus could find its way into the country.Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Scott said there was no need for panic among members of the public that the country was in danger of an Ebola outbreak because to date no one in the country had tested positive to the disease.

His comments came a day after panic gripped the town of Choma in southern Zambia when a foreign truck driver was found dead in his vehicle, triggering fears that he had died from the disease.

Health personnel in the town refused to remove the body from the truck, fearing they could also contract the disease.

Scott however said the Ministry of Health had since dispatched experts from Lusaka, whose investigations revealed that the trucker had not died from the disease.

The Vice President noted that chances of the diseases, which has ravaged countries in West Africa since March, breaking out in Zambia were remote because of the minimal travel by Zambians to and from the affected region.

He said although Zambia was a transit country for truck drivers in southern Africa, the furthest country in the north that trucks drove to was the Democratic Republic of the Congo which meant there was little chance of the disease coming to Zambia.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.