Ivory Coast travel ban over Ebola

first_img 47 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ivory Coast travel ban over Ebola by: – August 11, 2014center_img Share Tweet A Nigerian health official uses a thermometer on a worker at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, 6 August 2014Health checks have been stepped up at airports across West AfricaIvory Coast has banned all passenger flights from three countries hit by Ebola in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.It is the only country, after Saudi Arabia, to impose such a ban, amid mounting concern about the outbreak which has killed nearly 1,000 people.The ban covers Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which are worst affected by Ebola, Ivorian officials said.It excludes Nigeria, where a tenth Ebola case has been confirmed.There is no cure for Ebola, which has infected at least 1,779 people since the outbreak was first reported in Guinea in February.Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure; patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a global health emergency and is hosting a meeting of medical experts in Geneva to discuss the ethics of using experimental drugs on patients.The Spanish priest who was infected with Ebola in Liberia was flown home for treatmentA Roman Catholic priest, infected with Ebola in Liberia, is being treated with the experimental drug, Zmapp, in a hospital in Madrid.The drug has also been used in the US on two aid workers who are said to have shown signs of improvement.The Ivorian government said in a statement that it had forbidden all “carriers from transporting passengers” from countries grappling with the outbreak, the AFP news agency reports.The statement did not name the countries, but a health ministry official confirmed to the BBC that it covered Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – not Nigeria.Preventive measures at the international airport in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, would be stepped up and “all passengers on arrival will have to have their temperatures taken with an infrared thermometer”, the AFP news agency reports.Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said a nurse was the latest person to be diagnosed with Ebola in Africa’s most populous state.She contracted the virus from Liberian government employee Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola in Nigeria last month.British Airways, Pan-African airline Asky and Nigeria’s Arik Air have suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone and Emirates Airlines has suspended flights to Guinea.Saudi Arabia’s travel ban is aimed preventing Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans from visiting Islam’s holy sites until the virus is contained.BBC Newslast_img read more