(JollofNews) – The Gambia has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the west
As reported last week in your JollofNews, the Gambia’s Ministry of Transport has ordered local airline companies serving Banjul and the sub-region “not to pick up passengers in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea Conakry as inbound passengers to Banjul.”
Ebola has killed nearly 1,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria over the past months and airlines flying to Banjul from these countries were last week urged to install Ebola screening facilities at the Banjul International Airport.
Ebola causes flu-like symptoms including fever. In the worst cases, it causes unstoppable bleeding.
It spreads among humans via bodily fluids including sweat and can spread by simply touching an infected person. With no vaccine, patients believed to have caught the virus have to be isolated to stop further contagion.
No case of Ebola has surfaced in the Gambia which began implementing measures to prevent the spread of the disease since April when the first case was discovered in Guinea.