TOKYO (AP) — A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers of Chinese workers travelling to and from Africa.
Peter Piot, who is director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said Thursday it’s not “rocket science” that with many exchanges between the two regions the disease could spread.
He said China’s controls for infectious diseases have improved since severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, broke out in southern China in 2002. SARS infected about 8,000 people worldwide, killing nearly 800.
But he said China’s relatively weak public health system increases the risks.
Piot also appealed for more Japanese aid to help combat Ebola, saying the epidemic has grown into a humanitarian crisis.