19 Sep 2014

Samoa health ministry advises about ebola

6:02 pm on 19 September 2014

Samoa's Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organisation has issued an advisory amid concerns about the Ebola virus disease.

It comes after the Prime Minister and chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has revealed a decision to cancel Samoa's sevens rugby team attending an international tournament in Kenya.

The Prime Minister says there will be other times for the sevens to compete but it is better not to go this time because of fear someone might get infected.

But the health ministry says the WHO maintains that the risk of importing a case of Ebola into Samoa remains low because currently there are no direct flights from affected areas.

But it says the advisory should still be taken notice of.