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Air travel still safe –WHO


The World Health Organisation during the week
reiterated its position that the risk of
transmission of the deadly Ebola virus during
air travel remains low.
This came when, after the outbreak of the
disease in West Africa, many countries have
banned flights from countries where the
disease has recorded deaths.
The Director, Global Capacity Alert and
Response for WHO, Dr. Isabelle Nuttall, said,
“Unlike infections such as influenza or
tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne. It can only
be transmitted by direct contact with the body
fluids of a person who is sick with the disease.”
According to him, there is no need for countries
to ban flights to and from countries affected by
the disease.
Nuttall said, “Usually, when someone is sick
with Ebola, he is so unwell that he cannot
travel. WHO is, therefore, advising against
travel bans to and from affected countries.
“Because the risk of Ebola transmission on
airplanes is low, WHO does not consider air
transport hubs as high risk for further spread
of Ebola.


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