Russia to set up Ebola hospital, diagnostics center in Guinea

Russia plans to set up a stationary hospital in Guinea to combat the Ebola epidemic and a diagnostics center in the African country for infectious diseases, Russia's Federal Surveillance Service for Consumer Rights and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) said on Monday.

Russia plans to set up a stationary hospital in Guinea to combat the Ebola epidemic and a diagnostics center in the African country for infectious diseases, Russia's Federal Surveillance Service for Consumer Rights and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) said on Monday.

Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova had a meeting in Moscow on Monday with Guinean Ambassador to Russia Mohamed Keita that focused on "the ongoing Ebola epidemic in some of the countries in West Africa, including the Republic of Guinea, and Russia's participation in the humanitarian operation against it," Rospotrebnadzor told Interfax.

"A specialist anti-epidemic team from Rospotrebnadzor consisting of leading epidemiologists, virologists and bacteriologists has been posted in the Guinean capital Conakry since August," it said.

"A mobile infectious diseases hospital provided for Guinea by the Russian Ministry of Defense is making a serious contribution to fighting the disease, as will a stationary hospital to be opened soon," it said.

Additionally, "a Russian-Guinean center for diagnosing, preventing and studying bacterial and viral infections will be set up" under current cooperation memorandums between Rospotrebnadzor and Guinea's government, Rospotrebnadzor said.

Russia has enacted rules under which everyone arriving from African countries affected by Ebola must be tested for the virus. The examinations include infrared scanning for fever.

On December 2, Popova told Interfax about 40 suspected Ebola cases had been recorded in Russia but that none of them had been confirmed.

According to official statistics, altogether more than 20,000 people in West Africa have contracted Ebola and more than 8,000 have died.

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