Sunday 25 January 2015

Zambia bans travellers from countries hit by Ebola virus

Published 09/08/2014 | 15:16

A Nigerian health official uses a thermometer on a worker at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos (AP)
A Nigerian health official uses a thermometer on a worker at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos (AP)
Volunteers carry bodies in a centre run by Medecins Sans Frontieres for Ebola patients in Kailahun
Health workers load Ebola patient, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, into an ambulance on the tarmac of Torrejon airbase in Madrid, after he was repatriated from Liberia for treatment in Spain
Volunteers prepare to remove the bodies of people who were suspected of contracting Ebola and died in the community in the village of Pendebu, north of Kenema
Volunteers lower a corpse, which is prepared with safe burial practices to ensure it does not pose a health risk to others and stop the chain of person-to-person transmission of Ebola, into a grave in Kailahun
Guinea Police secure the area around a man who collapsed in a puddle of water on the street, and people would not approach him as they fear he may be suffering from the Ebola virus in the city of Conakry
A man and woman taking part in a Ebola prevention campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Zambia said it would restrict entry of travellers from countries affected by the Ebola virus and would ban Zambians from travelling to those countries, in one of the strictest moves yet by a southern African country against the deadly virus.

"All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola virus disease are restricted from entering Zambia until further notice," the Health Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

The statement, which was dated Aug. 8, also said that any Zambians arriving from those countries would be "thoroughly screened and quarantined", adding that no further travel by Zambians to such countries would be allowed.

Reuters

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