World Health Organisation issues appeal for border checks to contain Ebola
The World Health Organisation has called for all passengers leaving Ebola stricken countries to submit to screenings
Kent Brantly, American aid worker, recovered from Ebola virus
Checks should be carried out at airports, seaports and all major land crossings in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. All travellers to these countries are advised to seek medical attention at the first sign of illness, which includes fever, headache, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, among other symptoms. The WHO say there is no need for wider travel restrictions, but containment remains critical.
Two American aid workers who got Ebola while treating victims of the virus in Liberia have apparently recovered after being treated with an experimental drug.
Kent Brantly has now left hospital in Atlanta after he and his colleague Nancy Writebol were given ZMapp.
“Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive… In March, when we got word that Ebola was in Guinea and had spread to Liberia, we began preparing for the worst. We did not receive our first Ebola patient until June, but when she arrived we were ready…. On Wednesday July 23rd, I woke feeling under the weather. And then my life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with the Ebola virus disease,” said Dr. Brantly.
There is no proven treatment or vaccine for Ebola.
Developed in California, ZMapp had showed promising results on monkeys but had never been clinically tried on humans.