Asia and Europe on high alert amid Ebola outbreak

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​Asia and Europe remain on high alert amid fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned that the crisis would only get worse and cautioned that there was no overarching strategy to handle the world's largest outbreak of the disease.

Hong Kong has already put into place quarantine measures for anyone returning from Africa showing symptoms including fever and vomiting. 

The European Union also claim they are ready to treat victims if the virus spread to any of its 28 member states, said an EU source in Brussels.

Meanwhile, the US Peace Corps announced it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in the three most affected countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Major changes are being made to make sure the virus is contaminated.

Liberia announced it was shutting all schools and placed "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave.

Togo-based airline ASKY halted all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone following the death of a passenger from the virus.

Source: Reuters, AFP