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Kenya suspends flights to Ebola-hit nations

IANS 20 Aug 2014, 7:15:01 AM IST
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Nairobi: The Kenyan government on Tuesday confirmed it will suspend flights connecting three Ebola hit West African countries -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia -- but it insisted on not undertaking any step to evacuate.

Nairobi will not allow passengers from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to enter its territory from midnight, a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said here.

"Suspected cases entering Kenya by road, air and sea from the three countries shall be closely monitored and where necessary be quarantined,” it said.

The suspension excludes Kenyan citizens and health professionals from the affected area. But they must undergo extensive screening and where necessary, shall be quarantined, it added.

The outbreak began in the forested zone on the borders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia earlier this year, and spread to Nigeria in July.