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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 15: Interacting with the warnings issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the killer Ebola virus which has invaded the West African States and elsewhere, the management of the Kuwait International Airport has taken precautionary measures, reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily added, a wellknown Nigerian player who arrived at the airport who arrived from Kenya was subjected to a thorough medical examination to ascertain he is free from the disease and a non carrier of the virus. An official source at the airport said the Nigerian player arrived at dawn to play for one of the wellknown clubs in the country.

The sources went on to say, the Assistant Undersecretary for Security of Ports, Major-General Anwar Al-Yaseen had issued orders to deport the player for not carrying a visa but the club’s officials have pledged to get the visa early next week and allowed him to enter the country.

A woman with special needs who is suspected of contracting the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during an overseas trip has been quarantined here, announced Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hend Sabeeh Al-Sabeeh on Friday. Al-Sabeeh, also Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs, said that the woman who is a resident of a social care center has been transferred to the communicable diseases hospital for treatment and quarantine till the release of final laboratory tests results and hospital report on the case.

She added that all precautionary measures were taken to ensure the safety of other social center residents as well as to the medical team who has been with the case. At least three MERS-CoV cases were reported in Kuwait since the new outbreak of the deadly virus in the Gulf region in 2012. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, has been reported in people in the Gulf, France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain. Scientists say they believe dromedary camels in the Middle East may be the animal “reservoir” which is fueling the outbreak.

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