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Nigeria Screening Air Passengers for Ebola Virus
   2014-08-06 09:42:35    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Mengzhen


Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria on Aug. 4, 2014. [Photo: Imagine China]

 

The Nigerian government has started checking body temperatures of air passengers to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

This development follows a case of Ebola confirmed in Nigeria.

A doctor who treated the first victim of Ebola in Nigeria has been infected with the virus, less than two weeks after the first patient died.

Yakubu Dati is Spokesperson for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.

"What we do is, the airlines must first at the point of departure ensure that they do not board passengers with the ailment; and on arrival here, even before the arrival, we have the manifest of the passengers that are coming and they have forms to fill as they arrive."

Most health centers in Liberia have shut down as the West African country is trying to control the spread of the Ebola virus.

Meantime, Southern African nations plan to hold talks on how best to respond to Ebola if it broke out in the region.

Elsewhere in the world, the second American aid worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in West Africa has been flown back to the US for treatment.

Saudi Arabia says it is testing blood samples of a man who is suspected of being infected with Ebola after his recent trip to Sierra Leone.

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