Yesterday it was announced that Japan was dealing with its first suspected Ebola case after a journalist in his forties returned from a two month stay in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
Upon arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, the man presented with a fever and was quarantined at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), where is he undergoing tests.
Netizens show little sympathy for the man, who they say should have been more careful when returning to Japan.
Comments from Sankei Shimbun via Yahoo! Japan:
Male Journalist In His 40s Who Had Been Staying In Liberia Has Fever, Being Tested For Ebola At National Center For Global Health and Medicine
On the evening of October 27 is was revealed that a male journalist in his 40s who had been staying in Liberia, West Africa, claimed to have a fever on arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The man was taken to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), which deals with contagious diseases, including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, to undergo testing.
According to a spokesperson, the man had been staying at the Liberian capital, Monrovia, and had no contact with infected persons. On October 27 he landed in Haneda Airport on a flight from London, and claimed to have symptoms of a fever.
NCGM are investigating whether or not the man has any genes from the Ebola virus in his blood.
Comments from Yahoo! Japan:
I don’t think it’s “benevolent” to go to Liberia now.
Why has he returned to Japan now?
I suppose it was for the convenience of his job, but I can’t help but wonder why he came back now.
Even if he hadn’t had contact with anyone showing severe symptoms, I’m frightened because the fact that he’d been staying in Liberia for two months means that he must be at risk of being infected.
Now we can only pray that he is not infected.
It’s up to them if they want to go there.
But I wish they be careful when they are coming back.
I think they should quarantine him until they know that no one else on that plane with him had Ebola, but that’s probably impossible.
There were people who said that the TV and mass media should go there and report on the situation, but I think it’s better if they stop going there to gather info given the situation.
So it’s already here…?
I really hope the test results are negative.
I think that it is inevitable that some people, like doctors doing there work, will go there, but why the hell are journalists going to this region?
I suppose they also understand it as “Oh well, it’s for work”, but what do they think about the risk of them returning and the risk of them having latent disease?
The media are calling for calm, but that just makes me think that there is something beneath it all.
Shouldn’t they quarantine all the passengers on that plane and not just this journalist?
Aren’t the other passengers going to be worried until the results of the tests are known, and won’t be able to meet their families or go outside?
Honestly, I felt that it’s up to them if they want to go, but I really wish they wouldn’t come back.
Comments from 2ch.net:
So it’s here, huh?
Yup, it’s here.
Oh seriously, Japan is done for.
Why Haneda of all places?
Why don’t they forbid re-entry?
I’m scared even to go to work from tomorrow.
It’s closing in on us.
I won’s say anything bad.