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GENEVA Aug 18 Authorities in countries affected
by Ebola should check people departing at international
airports, seaports and major border crossings and stop any with
signs of the virus from travelling, the World Health
Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
The U.N. health agency reiterated that the risk of getting
infected with Ebola on an aircraft was small as infected people
are usually too ill to travel, and said that the risk is also
very low to travellers in affected countries, namely Guinea,
Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
There was no need for wider travel or trade restrictions,
the WHO said in a statement.
"Affected countries are requested to conduct exit screening
of all persons at international airports, seaports and major
land crossings, for unexplained febrile illness consistent with
potential Ebola infection. Any person with an illness consistent
with EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) should not be allowed to travel
unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation."
If a traveller has stayed in areas where Ebola cases have
been reported recently, he or she should seek medical care at
the first sign of illness - fever, headache, sore throat,
diarrhoea, vomiting, among other symptoms, the WHO said, noting:
"Early treatment can improve prognosis."
Countries that do not have Ebola cases must strengthen their
capacity to detect and contain any cases immediately, the WHO
said, but it did not recommend any active screening of arriving
"It is better if countries do screening on the front-end,"
WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told Reuters.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Louise Ireland)