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Residents say no to the Ministry plans to import Ebola virus for studies: Asahi Shimbun

Residents living near a proposed storage facility in a western Tokyo suburb are upset by a health care plan for…

Residents living near a proposed storage facility in a western Tokyo suburb are upset by a health care plan for the first time to import viruses that cause fatal infectious diseases, including Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

The opposition of a general hearing is held by the ministry on November 15th.

The virus should be studied for action to prevent a major outbreak before the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo.

“It’s a nonsense for the government to tell us to accept the plan because of the Olympic Games,” said a representative of the Raizuka residents’ association who lives close to the storage facility at the Murayama Branch Laboratories, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. We are worried and can not accept it. “

Chihiro Sasakawa, director of the Medical Mycology Research Center at Chiba University, who participated in the hearing, said that” storage of viruses is necessary to make a prompt and accurate diagnosis of a patient At the same time, residents are worried and there must be dialogue with respect. “

The Ministry aims to improve the infection system for infectious diseases before the Tokyo Olympics when a large number of visitors from many countries and regions are expected. Using real viruses would make the diagnoses more accurate and improve inspection methods and reach the standards adopted by other advanced countries, the Ministry explained.

The households at the hearing were not convinced, and both sides could not reach an agreement. 1

9659002] The Ministry of Health hopes to be able to take a more accurate inspection and detection system for Ebola and other diseases spread in some parts of the world by importing five types of viruses: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever; Lassa fever; South American hemorrhagic fever Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever; and Marburg disease.

According to the law on infectious diseases, they are classified as category one, the most dangerous diseases. The Act prohibits all Category One viruses from being imported to Japan in general and only allows it to be handled at a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facility. “

Currently, the Musashi-Murayama storage facility is the only facility to be certified to accept the first category one virus if it is imported into Japan.

Ebola became a pandemic in Africa from 2014 to 2015, and the virus came later in the USA. It is flourishing in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, but no case has so far been reported in Japan.

(This article was written by Sokichi Kuroda and Mutsumi Mitobe.)

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