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Ebola Update

Aug 25, 2014, 10:16 AM

WHO on Saturday said the Ebola virus has killed half of the 2,600 people affected. WHO further said closing borders is not the solution. “The fight against Ebola will take several months,” WHO asserted.

Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has made harbouring Ebola victims a crime punishable with two years in jail. A British national in Sierra Leone has tested negative for the virus. He has since left for UK.

Ivory Coast on Saturday closed all borders with Guinea and Liberia, “to protect its citizens”. Senegal last Thursday closed its borders with Guinea, and issued travel bans people living in Ebola-affected areas.

A Senegalese working with WHO in Sierra Leone reportedly contracted the disease

Gabon over the weekend also issued travel bans on all nationals of Ebola affected areas; Gabonese must also not go to the Ebola-affected areas.

In DR Congo, 13 people have died from Ebola, among them three medical officers. Ebola was first discovered in the DRC in 1976.

Russia over the weekend sent to Guinea eight medical doctors, medicines, and equipment including mobile laboratories.

Ethiopia Airlines has said it will continue flights to West Africa, including the Ebola-affected areas.

The UN has pledge to support Ebola-affected areas.