Health expert warns Ebola in Africa not only threat

An expert on global health security says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is only one of many emerging infections mining companies should be concerned about.

Dr Heymann has been working with Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG) and mining companies with operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo to field test an infectious disease toolkit.

Addressing a mining conference in Perth, the head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House in London, David Heymann, said infectious diseases are being regularly transferred from animals to humans.

“While the world is focused on West Africa, another emergence occurred of Ebola in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), infections jump from animals to humans regularly, and there is always a need to consider emerging infectious diseases in business.

“This has been very important to mining companies, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Guinea had been well on their way to economic development, due to their mining industries, which now have had to shut down because Ebola came along.

Read more here: ABC


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