Beware Indians: Ebola likely to hit India soon, says expert

London, Oct 6: In a shocking revelation, Professor Peter Piot, who discovered Ebola in 1976, claimed that Ebola may hit India in near future. The professor feared that the disease might spread to India, reported British newspaper 'The Guardian'.

During the interview, the professor expressed concerns over India's ability to prevent the deadly disease from entering India. He was quoted as saying, "There will certainly be Ebola patients from Africa who come to us in the hopes of receiving treatment. And they might even infect a few people here who may then die. But an outbreak in Europe or North America would quickly be brought under control."

"I am more worried about the many people from India who work in trade or industry in West Africa. It would only take one of them to become infected, travel to India to visit relatives during the virus's incubation period, and then, once he becomes sick, go to a public hospital there. Doctors and nurses in India, too, often don't wear protective gloves. They would immediately become infected and spread the virus," the professor added.

Speaking about Ebola, the professor also said, "In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy." According to sources, a large number of Indians work or engaged in trade and commerce in the Western African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, DR Congo, Congo Brazwille, Angola, Namibia etc.

African government nations has put all international airports in India on alert and the passengers from India are made to go for a compulsory medical check up before exiting the airport.

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