EBOLA: WHO Urges Nigeria, Others To Screen Travellers

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has
advised Nigeria and other West African
nations affected by the outbreak of Ebola
to screen “all people at international
airports, seaports and major land
crossings” in order to stop its spread.
According to the WHO, authorities in West
African nations affected by the outbreak of
Ebola should stop anyone with signs of the
virus from travelling, days after it warned
that the magnitude of the outbreak was
“vastly underestimated”.
However, the organisation reiterated that
the risk of getting infected with the virus on
an aircraft was remote and there was no
need for wider travel or trade restrictions.
“Any person with an illness consistent with
Ebola should not be allowed to travel unless
the travel is part of an appropriate medical
evacuation,” the UN agency said.
It would be recalled that Cameroon at the
weekend closed all its land, sea and air
borders with Nigeria in a move to prevent
the spread of the disease.
Ths is despite the fact that no cases of Ebola
have been recorded in Cameroon, which
shares a 2,000km border with Nigeria,
where the virus has killed four people and
infected about a dozen others.
According to the latest report by the WHO,
the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has
already killed 1,145 and infected more than
2,000.
The WHO’s latest statement came as Liberian
authorities were trying to find 17 Ebola-
infected patients who fled a quarantine
centre on Sunday in West Point, Monrovia,
after it was looted by an armed gang.
According to the country’s assistant health
minister Tolbert Nyenswah, some of the
patients were found and were being
monitored at a hospital.
However, the AFP quoted the country’s
information minister, Lewis Brown, as
saying they had not been found, and the
gang which looted the facility “took away
mattresses and bedding that were soaked
with fluids from the patients”.
Experts in Ebola virus have warned that the
virus spreads through bodily fluids, blood,
urine etc.

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