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Ebola and India

How Will the Country Cope?

While the chances of the Ebola virus entering India are low, Ebola and pandemic flu teach us to expect the unexpected and be prepared. New diseases are appearing in the world again and again. We live today in a "global village". Ebola-infected bats are probably present in Asia. Nipah virus-infected bats are widely prevalent in east Asia; there is no guarantee their territorial flight paths will not extend to peninsular India. Is India prepared? Who exactly is in charge?

Considering that the 2014 Ebola epidemic was confined to four contiguous west African countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali) and affected with autochthonous cases only four other countries (Senegal, Nigeria, Spain and the United States), the chances of the virus entering India, or any other country, are extremely low.

Cote d’Ivoire shares borders with Guinea, Liberia and Mali, but so far no case has been reported in that country.

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