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Jamaica bans travelers from Ebola countries

17 October 2014, 08:19

Kingston - Jamaica announced an immediate travel ban on Thursday on foreigners who have traveled through the Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

A government statement said the ban covered "certain persons traveling directly or indirectly, from or through" the three West African countries, where nearly 4 500 people have died of the disease.

Other countries, including Colombia, Guyana and the Caribbean island of St Lucia, have also begun denying entry to travelers who recently visited the Ebola-affected nations.

In the United States, the Obama administration is also under pressure from congressional lawmakers to ban travel from epidemic-stricken West Africa.

Also read: Ugandan Ebola survivors ask to be sent to West Africa

Jamaica's travel ban extends to "persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have traveled to or transited through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, within 28 days of having departed from these countries," the government said, describing it as a temporary measure to protect human and animal health.

The government also said Jamaican citizens and residents would be quarantined, in the interest of public health and national security, for 28 days after any travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

This also applied to members of international organisations with a right of entry to the country.

- Reuters


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