Travel Restrictions Tightened Amid Ebola Fears

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Countries in West Africa and beyond continue to impose travel restrictions even though the World Health Organization has not recommended them.

On Friday, the Central African country of Gabon announced it was barring all flights and ships from Ebola-stricken countries. Senegal announced late Thursday that it was closing air and sea borders with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The land border with Guinea was also closed.

South Africa said Thursday it was imposing a travel ban for non-citizens traveling from those countries "unless the travel is considered absolutely essential."

Earlier this week, Cameroon said that it was barring flights from Nigeria.

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from her post in Accra, Ghana, to discuss the latest in the growing Ebola crisis.


This segment aired on August 22, 2014.


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