Grenada yesterday said it had raised its alert level to “guarded” following the second largest outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to a government statement – represented by the colour blue, the alert level “applies when there is a general threat of increased infectious diseases transmission or activity with no specific threat directed toward the country.

Last month, several Caribbean Community countries responded to a warning by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that regional countries should seek to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the EVD as a public health emergency.

St Lucia and Barbados were among regional countries that have indicated that steps had been taken to ensure that their populations were not put at risk for the disease the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Grenada said additional public health security measures may be necessary, “and if initiated they should be maintainable for an indefinite period of time with minimum impact on normal business or expenses”.

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