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Firm taking best advice

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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SWANSEA-BASED civil engineering firm Dawnus Construction is keeping a close watching brief on the spread of the ebola virus in West Africa.

The company has around 200 staff in two affected countries, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Dawnus Construction human resources director Anthony Coles, who spoke to the Post in June about the burgeoning problem, said yesterday that the company continued to comply with World Health Organisation and Department of Health advice.

He said travel was restricted in the region and that all precautions were being followed.

"We have made internal arrangements to reduce the risks by sectioning off certain parts of the work area," he said.

Dawnus Construction, which builds mining infrastructure, employs a doctor and three paramedics in Sierra Leone and screens all staff in Swansea before they depart to West Africa, where malaria is also prevalent.

Mr Coles added: "The reality is that there is still more chance of dying from a road accident or malaria than ebola. But I am not underestimating the seriousness of ebola, far from it."

He said there were "levels of concern" about the killer virus among overseas staff given the ongoing publicity.

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