French urged to leave Ebola areas as death toll rises to 1,400
Published 27/08/2014 | 19:25
France has recommended its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola, and Air France has temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone.
The disease has now killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa.
Referring to Ebola, the airline said: "Measures in place at airports there guarantee... that no passengers presenting symptoms ... can board."
The French government said the increasing spread of Ebola - notably in Liberia and Sierra Leone - prompted its request for suspension of Air France flights to Sierra Leone and its recommendation that French citizens leave Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Many regional and major airlines have suspended services to the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The United Nations has said the lack of flights is making it increasingly difficult to bring supplies to those countries. UN flights to bring humanitarian workers to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, also have faced restrictions.