Japan to Release Patients' Travel Routes in Case of Ebola Outbreak

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Tokyo, March 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan's health ministry compiled on Wednesday draft guidelines on the release of information about Ebola patients, including the routes they took in or outside the country, in the event the first domestic outbreak of the deadly viral disease occurs.

The ministry also drew up a basic policy on the announcements of information related to the possible first outbreaks of serious infectious diseases in the nation.

The basic policy including the Ebola-related draft guidelines was approved at the day's meeting of a panel of experts.

The ministry plans to formalize it as early as in April after holding consultations with other government bodies including the transport ministry.

The basic policy calls for actively providing the public with information about outbreaks of serious infectious diseases, including on places where patients are believed to have contracted the diseases, records of their activities during the periods when transmission to other people is possible and contacts the patients have had with anyone else.

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