Japanese health department said on July 1 that Japan will introduce the Ebola virus and four other deadly viruses for the first time to develop diagnostic reagents before the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year.
According to a report by Japan’s “Daily News” on July 1, a Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare official revealed that the government plans to introduce Ebola, Lassa, South American, Crimean-Congo and Marburg. The virus will be studied at a branch of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan on the outskirts of Tokyo.
The Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare said: “This is an important step towards preventing the potential threat of the virus, because the country (Japan) is ready to welcome Olympic audiences from all over the world.”
After the talks, he said: “To protect the life and health of the people, a big step has been taken.” Fujino said: “The inspection system has to be strengthened. The security measures are expected to be taken care of by the state.” According to reports, the import target It is a disease-causing virus of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, South American hemorrhagic fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever and Marburg disease classified as the most dangerous pathogen according to the Japanese Infectious Diseases Act. Higher hemorrhagic fever. Ebola hemorrhagic fever is mostly caused by body fluids or excretions such as blood. Other diseases are sometimes transmitted by rodents or scorpions such as mice.
According to reports, Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the body fluids such as blood and excretion of infected people. The other four viruses can also be infected by contact with infected animals and aphids.
According to the “Japan Times” reported on July 1, the virus will be brought to the Murayama branch of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan as early as this summer, which can be processed to the highest biosafety level according to the World Health Organization standards ( 4 dangerous pathogens of BSL). According to the Japanese Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, all these deadly viruses are classified as the most dangerous viruses.
According to the report, in response to the outbreak of dangerous diseases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases has adopted an inspection system that includes human-made pathogens of deadly diseases. According to people familiar with the matter, the actual pathogens will help improve their detection systems.
According to the report, in November last year, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan proposed to the relevant parties including local residents to introduce the idea of introducing a deadly virus to improve the accuracy of the detection method. In May of this year, after a series of briefings for local residents, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan officially announced a virus import plan. The Institute believes that it has “understood to some extent” due to the lack of strong opposition.
The mayor of Musashimurayama said that he had asked the health department to inform the city of any virus-related progress in the institute and consider relocating the facility in the future.
“We attach great importance to the request of the mayor,” said the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. “We have taken a big step in strengthening the inspection system to protect people’s lives and health.”
Due to the high level of viral infection, residents near the institute expressed concern that the government responded that it would strengthen safety management to ensure safety.