BOGOTA – President Juan Manuel Santos ordered Friday the tightening of Colombia’s borders to keep out the deadly Ebola virus, though he described the move as a simple precaution.
“The instructions have been to step up border security. All the epidemiological control that needs to be done on the border will be done, and it is being done as a preventative measure,” the president said after a visit to a hospital outside Bogota.
To the security measures will be added “a system of real-time information to verify whether suddenly, God forbid, a case of it has come here to Colombia,” Santos said.
Nonetheless, the president noted that the risk in Colombia is low and that these are “merely preventative” measures.
The latest World Health Organization report on the number of people infected by the outbreak in West Africa says there have been 5,335 cases, of whom 2,622 have died.