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Countries taking measures to prevent spread of disease


08-10-2014 16:43 BJT

Full coverage: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Many African countries have taken measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Guinea announced on Saturday it would close its border with Liberia and Sierra Leone in an attempt to prevent the disease’s further spread.

A local official from the WHO said the closing of the border is not a good solution and is a violation of international sanitary regulations. The Armed Forces of Liberia have begun the deployment of soldiers in strategic locations in the country to man approved check-points and track the movement of people in the country.

Defense Minister Brownie Samukai has also urged Liberians to remain in their respective counties as a means of preventing further spread of the Ebola disease within the country. The Ministry of Health of Ghana has issued a red alert on the virus. It has urged citizens to avoid using public swimming pools and to observe strict hygenic practices.

The statement suggested that people purchase and use hand sanitizers often. The statement also urged people with suspicious symptoms to call designated telephone lines for prompt assistance.

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