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Ebola virus

Published on October 16, 2014
Reply by Mme Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights, to a question in the National Assembly
Paris, October 8, 2014

Africa is severely affected, and the toll is getting worse by the day. More than 8,000 people have already been affected, and there have been 4,000 deaths. This toll is no doubt an underestimate. So France is sending significant resources to Africa to help combat the illness wherever it is killing a lot of people. Cases have been identified in the United States, and a health worker has been contaminated in Spain. In this context, concerns are likely to arise, and I’m mindful of them. I want to tell you as transparently as possible: as I speak, there are no Ebola cases on French territory.

Zero risk doesn’t exist, and that’s why we’ve been mobilized for months. We’ve identified 12 university hospital centres capable of taking charge of patients in maximum security conditions, as the young nurse was at Bégin hospital, and I welcome her recovery. The professionalism of the medical teams at Bégin hospital was absolutely outstanding. We put the Health Monitoring Institute’s network – which operates 24/7 to answer health professionals and identify possible situations of concern – on heightened alert. We’re mobilized. Full information will be provided and there will always be full transparency, as was the case with the young nurse who was treated. We’re mobilized./.

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