Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone advised to conduct exit screenings to contain spread of virus

August 2014AFRICA – The World Health Organization (WHO) is asking countries affected by Ebola to conduct exit screenings of people leaving at international airports, seaports and major land crossings. “Any person with an illness consistent with [the Ebola virus] should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation. There should be no international travel of Ebola contacts or cases, unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation,” the WHO said in a statement. The West Africa outbreak has spread to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The announcement comes after a quarantine center was attacked in Liberia on Saturday. Reports suggest that around 17 Ebola-positive patients were taken from the center, which complicates efforts to track down and isolate people who may have come in contact with the disease. Blood-stained bedding was also stolen from the center, which officials warned may be able to spread the disease. The WHO has created a Travel and Transport Task Force which will continuously monitor the outbreak in order to provide information and advice to the travel and tourism industry, but is currently not recommending any bans on international travel or trade. The WHO is also not recommending entrance screening for countries not affected by the disease and which do not share borders with affected countries. The WHO also stressed that transmission of the virus on an airplane is a very low risk.
People are contagious with Ebola once they start experiencing symptoms, and when that happens, people are usually too sick to attempt any travel. Ebola is also not an airborne disease, and can only be transmitted through direct contact with infected bodily fluids like blood and vomit. “Travelers are, in any event, advised to avoid all such contacts and routinely practice careful hygiene, like hand washing,” the WHO said. People who are getting sick are usually family members and friends who are personally caring for a sick person or someone undergoing funeral preparations unprotected. In a separate statement on Monday, the WHO addressed the threats experienced by health workers fighting Ebola. “Assaults on health workers and facilities seriously affect access to health care, depriving patients of treatment and interrupting measures to prevent and control contagious diseases. WHO has a specific mandate to protect the human right to health, especially for people affected by humanitarian emergencies,” Dr. Richard Brennan, director of WHO’s department of emergency risk management and humanitarian response said. –Time
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2 Responses to Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone advised to conduct exit screenings to contain spread of virus

  1. Barb says:

    Hello Alvin. Although it’s been a couple of years since I have sent you a comment, I have still followed your site daily. My comment, or question, is, I can’t help notice a lot of posts , lately, have to do with ebola. What are your thoughts on where this is going?

    Bless you for this site. It can’t be easy to impart all this bad news on a daily basis in order to keep us all informed and aware.



    • It’s a grim prognosis for the regions of Africa already devastated by Ebola. Outbreaks will be ongoing and reoccurring. The best way to prevent it from spreading to the West is to implement every measure now to contain it – and quarantine any suspected cases. Africa doesn’t have the resources, personnel or equipment, to halt the spread of the virus. As the death toll mounts internationally, more and more resources will be diverted from nations to try and control the outbreak in Africa; and that’s where cracks in the system form. The outbreak is happening in concert with Western governments’ crisis to fail to curb the flow of illegal immigration – the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and the like – so this is a tenuous situation that won’t help control the outbreak.

      All of this is also coming on the heels of a compendium of other worsening problems plaguing the world: Ukraine and Russia, China’s growing restlessness in East Asia, terrorism threats, the MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia, civil unrest across the globe, Argentina’s default, Venezuela’s meltdown, the Israeli-Gaza conflict, Syria’s civil war, ISIS, Al Qaeda, the ongoing disintegration of Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan – and the stirring and awakening of some of the most dangerous volcanic systems on the planet. I think we’re in the red zone of any one or two of these problems mushrooming into a global crisis.


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