KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 17 (Reuters) – Malaysian officials on Wednesday released a list of suspected cases of the Ebola virus, which is linked to a Kola nut.
The official announcement of the confirmed cases was made at the Kola National Park headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, where the outbreak is being traced.
The list of 38 people was released on Tuesday after a three-week quarantine was ordered, a spokesman for the park said.
The park’s chief executive, Johan Kliman, said the virus could be spread through contact with infected animals.
“It is important to keep the virus under control and avoid contact with animals,” he said.
A Malaysian government official said the list of confirmed cases included people who had been in contact with wild animals and people with contact with people with the virus.
“These cases are of people who were exposed to wild animals in a protected area or who had contact with persons with the Ebola Virus,” the official said, requesting anonymity.
Kliman said there were no specific plans for a quarantine.
He said the outbreak could affect tourism in the park.
“We don’t have any specific information about the impact of the outbreak,” Klimian said.
He added the quarantine would continue for two weeks.
Malaysia has seen more than 2,300 confirmed cases and 7,300 deaths from the disease, which has been spreading through Sierra Leone and Guinea.
(Reporting by Naveen Jain; Editing by Gareth Jones)