Zambia bans travellers from countries hit by Ebola virus

by Reuters
Saturday, 9 August 2014 14:07 GMT

Volunteers lower a corpse, which is prepared with safe burial practices to ensure it does not pose a health risk to others and stop the chain of person-to-person transmission of Ebola, into a grave in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, August 2, 2014. REUTERS/WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

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LUSAKA, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Zambia said it would restrict entry of travellers from countries affected by the Ebola virus and would ban Zambians from travelling to those countries, in one of the strictest moves yet by a southern African country against the deadly virus.

"All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola virus disease are restricted from entering Zambia until further notice," the Health Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

The statement, which was dated Aug. 8, also said that any Zambians arriving from those countries would be "thoroughly screened and quarantined", adding that no further travel by Zambians to such countries would be allowed.

(Reporting by Chris Mfula; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Alison Williams)

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