Flights to Nigeria, Guinea not suspended over Ebola, says French Govt.

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

The French Government on Wednesday said flights to Nigeria and Guinea need not be suspended due to the risk associated with the Ebola virus.

However, the government recommended its nationals, who do not necessarily have to be in Sierra Leone and Liberia to avoid going there and asked Air France-KLM to suspend flights to both countries due to the Ebola outbreak there.

The announcement by the government was driven by “developments in the epidemic and the state of the health systems” in the two West African countries.

In Freetown on Wednesday, a government official announced that a third top doctor had died of Ebola in the country.

Sierra Leonean presidential adviser, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, said Sahr Rogers, had been working at a hospital in the eastern town of Kenema when he contracted Ebola.

Two other top doctors had succumbed to Ebola since the outbreak earlythis year, including Sheik Humarr Khan, who also treated patients in Kenema.

The World Health Organisation, on Tuesday, said it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone and withdrawn staff from there after a health worker there was infected.

In Hong Kong, the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, BTS, announced Wednesday that it had barred people who had lived or visited Ebola affected countries from donating blood.

The ban applies to those who had lived or visited Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

The blood transfusion agency said they would not be allowed to donate blood for at least 28 days from date of departure from the affected countries.


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