No flight restrictions neccessary, low risk to passengers if Ebola patient flies, says WHO

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun on July 20, 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO) is not recommending any
Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun on July 20, 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO) is not recommending any travel restrictions or border closures due to the Ebola outbreak and there would be a low risk to other passengers if an Ebola patient flew, the airlines association IATA said on Thursday, July 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is not recommending any travel restrictions or border closures due to the Ebola outbreak and there would be a low risk to other passengers if an Ebola patient flew, the airlines association IATA said on Thursday.

The International Air Transport Association issued the statement after several days of consultation with the WHO and the United Nations aviation agency ICAO, following the case of a man who died of Ebola after taking an international flight from Liberia to Nigeria with a stopover at Lomé.