TOKYO, November 14 (Sputnik) — A law requiring compulsory blood tests for people suspected of carrying the Ebola virus was passed by the lower house of the Japanese parliament Friday, Kyodo news agency reported.
The law also allows for identification and containment of other diseases, including plagues, tuberculosis and avian influenza. People suspected of having an infectious disease will be asked to voluntarily undergo blood testing. If they refuse, the law provides for involuntary hospital admission, regardless of the patient's wishes.
According to Kyodo news, the law will come into effect April 1st, 2016.
Japan has already taken increased security measures to prevent Ebola in its territory. In addition to body temperature scans for all passengers, mandatory surveys are conducted at all international airports regarding travel within West Africa during a period up to 21 days prior to arrival in Japan.
As of October three suspected cases of Ebola resulted in mandatory hospitalization but turned out to be false diagnoses.
In November, the Government of Japan announced it would contribute an additional $100 million to assist international organizations in the fight against Ebola. Japan has already contributed $62 million to the cause.
Recent estimates by the World Health Organization place the death toll from Ebola at over 5,160 people. The overall number of Ebola transmission cases has passed 14,000, according to WHO.