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Authorities in Ivory Coast have decided to ban hosting any international sports competitions in the country over fears the Ebola virus could enter the country via athletes coming from West African nations where the virus is spreading rapidly.
"Until further notice, hosting of international sports competitions in Ivory Coast is suspended,” Ivorian Minister of Youth Development and Sports Alain Lobognon wrote on his Twitter account.
The decision came as the Ivorian national football team is due to face Sierra Leone, one of the countries that had been hard hit by the Ebola outbreak, next month in Abidjan as part of the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers.
Earlier this month, Ivory Coast banned all passenger flights from the three Ebola-hit West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
So far, no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Ivory Coast, although 40 cases were suspected, but they all turned out "negative," according to health sources.
Ebola, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, has claimed hundreds of lives in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
The tropical fever, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals.
It also reportedly spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have died of the disease.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2014, 11:51