Ebola is a pandemic that has made Africa really miserable, and countries around the world have to do everything to prevent them from spreading, appearing in their own country.
However, recently, the Ministry of Health of Japan has just decided to import Ebola virus into its country. Not only that, but also four other deadly viruses, including Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, South American dengue fever, Marburg disease and Lassa fever.
Ebola is a very dangerous virus.
But the problem is why? In fact, this is the preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. In July next year, there will be a wave of tourists from many countries around the world to Japan, so they decided to enter. This virus is about preventive.
All five viruses have never appeared in Japan, and they are ranked in level 4 - the highest rank in the list of the most dangerous viruses. Experts want to study them first, in order to prepare a plan to cope if the disease spread to the island nation of Sunrise.
For microbiologists, this is an opportunity to have 1-0-2 because these pathogens are very difficult to access."It is really a memorable event" - Director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) Masayuki Saijo shared.
The pathogens were transferred to the NIID research facility in Musashimurayama district, west of Tokyo. It is known that these are the first pathogens to be transferred to Japan after the regulation to allow virus import was passed in July 2019. Japanese health minister Takumi Nemoto said he had received approval from the local government.
Scientists want to study these viruses in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"It seems the public has a certain understanding of this event," - Nemoto said. However, contrary to his statement, not everyone is interested in the Ebola virus present in their locality. They fear there will be a risk that the virus will cross the barriers and spread, just like what happened in fantasy films.
"It is unreasonable for the government to tell us to accept this plan for the Olympics," said a resident of Musashimurayama district. "We are worried and cannot accept this."
But despite people's objections and concerns, the plan is still being implemented by NIID, to avoid the risk of pandemic outbreaks in the further future.
"Although there is no pandemic in Japan at present, Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics and it is likely that pathogens will come," Saijo told the media.