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Kenya suspends flights to Ebola-hit nations

Posted on Aug 20 2014 | IANS

Nairobi, Aug 20 : The Kenyan government confirmed Tuesday 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, Xinhua quoted a foreign affairs ministry statement as saying. "Suspected cases entering Kenya by road, air and sea from the three countries shall be closely monitored and where necessary be quarantined."

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.

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