Friday 24 October 2014

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
Volunteers carry bodies in a centre run by Medecins Sans Frontieres for Ebola patients in Kailahun
A man and woman taking part in a Ebola prevention campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone
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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