Japan Imports Ebola Virus for 1st Time

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Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday that it has imported five types of pathogens of highly deadly diseases such as Ebola for the first time and started keeping them at its Murayama laboratory in the western Tokyo city of Musashimurayama.

The pathogens are stored at a facility of the laboratory that meets Biosafety Level (BSL) 4 requirements under international standards.

With the import of the deadly viruses, the facility started full-fledged operations, after it was launched in August 2015, aiming to improve the country's testing methods for those diseases.

Japan's health ministry and others will promote countermeasures against infectious diseases that have not caused epidemics in the country as risks from such diseases are expected to increase in line with a surge in the number of foreign visitors to the country for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

According to the NIID, it imported the pathogens from facilities in two foreign countries on Wednesday and Thursday. The four others are pathogens of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, South American hemorrhagic fever, Marburg disease and Lassa fever.

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