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Paris urges Air France to suspend Freetown flights over Ebola

Published on Aug 27, 2014 9:30 PM

PARIS (AFP) - The French government Wednesday called on flag carrier Air France to suspend "temporarily" its flights to Sierra Leone's capital because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa.

"Given the way the epidemic has evolved and the condition of the health systems... the public authorities recommend to Air France that it temporarily suspend its services to Freetown," a statement said after a Cabinet meeting in Paris.

The lethal tropical virus which re-emerged in west Africa early this year has since infected more than 2,600 people.

Liberia has been worst hit with 624 registered deaths. Guinea, where the current outbreak was first detected, has reported 406 deaths, Sierra Leone 392 and Nigeria five, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

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