13 August 2014

West Africa: Germany, Guinea-Bissau React to Ebola Outbreak

Germany is urging its citizens to leave Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak in the West African nations. The foreign ministry announced the government directive on Wednesday, but said the appeal for nationals to leave did not apply to medical workers or diplomatic staff.

Also, Guinea-Bissau has announced it is closing its border with Guinea because of fears over the spread of Ebola. At a news conference late Tuesday, Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira said its southern and eastern borders with Guinea would remain closed "until further notice."

The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 1,000 people have died since the Ebola outbreak began in February, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Nigeria's health ministry confirmed a new case of Ebola on Monday. Officials there say 10 people have been infected and two people have died.

In another development, the Confederation of African Football said Wednesday that two African Cup qualifying matches that were set to be held in Guinea and Sierra Leone next month would be moved to other countries.

The group did not announce the new venues. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected more than 1,800 people, and is on pace to infect more people than all previous outbreaks of the virus combined.

The disease has no known cure. On Tuesday, a WHO panel of medical experts said it is ethical to give Ebola patients unproven drugs to try to fight the disease.

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