The local health authorities have issued a warning to doctors and border officials to be on the lookout for signs that persons arriving in Malta by sea or air may be carrying the deadly Ebola virus.

A spokeswoman for the Parliamentary Secretariat for Health said the authorities were monitoring the situation closely and taking preventive action. The UK has taken similar measures.

Work is under way at Mater Dei Hospital to upgrade two rooms at the Infectious Disease Control Unit to deal with any suspected Ebola cases. The rooms will be used “to strengthen the contingency plan in case of any suspected cases”.

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