Info disclosure eyed for suspected Ebola victims

Kyodo

Transport minister Akihiro Ota said Friday the government might disclose information on people suspected of having the deadly Ebola virus.

Ota said the government is considering releasing the age and gender of those suspected of being infected as well as the countries they visited, the flight numbers of the aircraft they boarded, and the number of passengers on those flights.

“Appropriate information disclosure is important as concern is growing among the public,” Ota told a news conference, adding the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will release the details of the plan as early as next week.

Ota said his ministry will cooperate more with the health ministry to promote Ebola countermeasures at airports aside from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

A man in his 40s who complained of feeling ill after arriving at Tokyo’s Haneda airport from Liberia via London on Monday was taken to a hospital to be tested for Ebola. He was discharged from the hospital Thursday and given a clean bill of health after testing negative again in a second test the previous day.