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Cambodia Takes Measures To Detect Ebola Virus in Travelers

Medical workers of the Liberian Red Cross, wearing a protective suit, carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in a bag on Sept. 4, 2014 in the small city of Banjol, 30 kilometers from Monrovia.

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to plague parts of western Africa, Cambodia has since August put in place detection measures at its international airports and border crossings to screen for several diseases.

Machines to detect body temperature, and hopefully the fever that signals Ebola and other maladies, are now installed at the Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports and the border crossings of Poipet, near Thailand, and Bavet, near Vietnam.

Passengers are also required to provide health information as they enter the country.

The measures are meant to screen for Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and avian influenza, all of which can be deadly for humans.

Ly Sovann, head of disease control for the Ministry of Health, told VOA Khmer there are no signs so far of disease outbreaks in Cambodia. Cambodians “must remain cautious while traveling in those countries” where the diseases exist, he said.