Kenya Airways assures customers over Ebola outbreak
31 July 2014, 18:10
Nairobi - Kenya Airways has assured its customers that its flights
from West Africa are safe amid fears that passengers from the region
could transmit the deadly Ebola virus.
Kenya Airways Head of Medical and Occupational
Health, Jane Munyi said passengers from effected countries are being
subjected to thorough screening at the airport. The national carrier
flies 44 times a week to 10 West Africa cities.
"Our crew members have also been supplied and trained on the use of
universal precaution kits to ensure that they do not come into contact
with body fluids while carrying out their duties," the airline said in a
statement on Thursday.
The move comes as the spread of Ebola is yet to be declared an
epidemic and no travel ban to affected regions has been recommended.
Munyi said the airport will continuously monitor updates from the
World Health Organization and the International Air Transport
Association on the disease, its spread and for guidelines on recommended
The virus spread only through body fluids and infected persons at that stage of infection were unlikely to travel, she added.
The Ebola virus has killed more than 600 people since it first
emerged this year in Guinea. Cases have also been reported in Nigeria,
Liberia and Sierra Leone.
While there is no specific drug against Ebola, WHO says the best
treatment is intensive supportive treatment provided in the hospital by
health workers using strict infection control procedures.
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