S. Sudan issues travel restrictions over Ebola

It restricted hunting, for consumption, of monkeys, bats, squirrels and all rodents, especially rats

S. Sudan issues travel restrictions over Ebola

World Bulletin/News Desk

The South Sudanese authorities on Sunday warned against travelling to West African countries battling the deadly Ebola virus.

"All citizens and aliens with residence permits are strongly advised not to travel to (the) known four affected countries until further notice," reads an order issued by Interior Minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu.

"Citizens and aliens coming or who transited the affected countries shall undergo a quarantine period of 30 days with the Ministry of Health or the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) if they are peacekeepers or international staff on their arrival to the country entry points," it added.

Ebola is a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure.

The virus can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and also spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected person or someone who has died of the disease.

The Word Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an "international public health emergency" as the virus continues to spread through the region.

According to the latest WHO report, Ebola has killed 932 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Nigeria has confirmed two Ebola fatalities, including a visiting Liberian man.

Benin has also reported two Ebola fatalities, including a man returning from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

The South Sudanese authorities have announced restriction on the entrance of nationals from West African countries.

"Entrance permits shall be restricted for citizens from the affected (countries) or whoever transited those countries in the last three weeks," said Minister Aleu.

He ordered the Department of Wildlife Conservation to strongly enforce the restriction for hunting of several animals for consumption such as monkeys, bats, squirrels and all rodents, especially rats.

The minister urged citizens to immediately report to the nearest health center or police station any person seen with hemorrhagic fever.

Medical doctors say common symptoms of Ebola include high fever and headaches, followed by bleeding from openings in the body.

"Any death outside the hospital by suspected hemorrhagic symptoms must be avoided by all cost by all relatives and the matter be reported to the health authorities," said Aleu.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ağustos 2014, 14:16

Muhammed Öylek