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South Africa bans travellers from 3 Ebola-hit nations

Published on Aug 21, 2014 10:54 PM
 
A doctor of the national public health institute controls the temperature of people at the airport, in Abidjan on Aug 13, 2014, as part of protective measures against the Ebola virus. South Africa on Thursday issued a ban on non-citizens travelling from three west African countries worst affected by Ebola. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - South Africa on Thursday issued a ban on non-citizens travelling from three west African countries worst affected by Ebola.

A Health Ministry statement declared "a total travel ban for all non-citizens travelling from these high-risk countries", referring to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

South Africans returning home from these areas will undergo strict screening, it added. The authorities also barred non-essential travel to the three countries.

South Africa has so far been Ebola-free despite two scares in as many weeks: a South African man returning from Liberia and a Guinean woman. Both tested negative.

 
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