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African Nations Implement Border Closings, Travel Restrictions To Prevent Ebola Spread

News outlets report on African nations’ efforts to prevent Ebola from crossing their borders.

CNN: Borders closing over Ebola fears
“The West African country of Senegal has closed its borders with Guinea over fears that the Ebola outbreak could spread, according to the Senegalese Interior Ministry. The closure includes any aircraft and ships traveling to Senegal from Guinea, Sierra Leone, or Liberia…” (Wilson, 8/22).

The Guardian: Ebola: airlines cancel more flights to affected countries
“Airlines have cancelled more than a third of international flights to three West African countries over fears that an outbreak of the Ebola virus could spread, as more African countries introduce measures to block visitors from affected areas…” (Anderson, 8/22).

Reuters: Senegal blocks Liberia aid flight, imposes Ebola travel curbs
“Regional humanitarian hub Senegal said on Friday it had blocked a regional U.N. aid plane from landing and was banning all further flights to and from countries affected by Ebola, potentially hampering the emergency response to the epidemic…” (Farge, 8/22).

Reuters: Ivory Coast closes western borders over Ebola threat
“Ivory Coast has closed its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia in an attempt to prevent the world’s deadliest outbreak of the virus from spreading onto its territory, the government announced…” (Bavier, 8/23).

Wall Street Journal: South Africa Issues Travel Bans for Countries Gripped by Ebola Virus
“South Africa has banned travelers from the three Ebola-hit West African nations, a government spokesman said on Thursday, after other countries adopted similar measures to prevent the deadly virus from breaching their borders…” (Stevis, 8/21).

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