British Airways Suspends Flights Over Ebola

British Airways has halted all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone for one month due to the ebola outbreak.

In a statement, the airline added it would be keeping the routes under review.

“We have temporarily suspended our flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until 31 August 2014 due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries,” it said.

“The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks.

“Customers with tickets on those routes are being offered a range of options including a full refund and the ability to rebook their flights to a later date.”

The World Health Organisation said on Monday the number of deaths from the disease in West African countries including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria had increased from 729 to 887.

In Wales, a person who recently returned from West Africa has voluntarily absented themselves from work and confined themselves to home after believing they may have come into contact with the virus.

Public Health Wales said they it was monitoring the individual’s condition but added it was not thought they have the virus.

A statement released by the health authority said: “The individual does not have symptoms of ebola and there are no cases of ebola in Wales.

“We are alert to the possibility of ebola cases in the UK given the outbreak in West Africa and we remain vigilant to unexplained illness in people who have travelled from the area.”

The second of two American charity workers recently diagnosed with ebola has arrived back in the US after being evacuated from Liberia.

Nancy Writebol, 59, was a hygienist whose job it was to decontaminate people entering and leaving an ebola treatment centre at a hospital in the capital Monrovia.

She arrived by private jet at an air-reserve base in Georgia this morning. The plane taxied to a large hangar where it remained shortly before noon. Her condition is said to be serious but stable.

Her colleague Dr Kent Brantly was flown home from Liberia on Saturday and is being treated at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wearing a white bio-suit, he was seen walking into the medical facility which has a state-of-the-art isolation unit.

Saudi Arabia is conducting tests on a man after he showed symptoms of the virus following a recent trip to Sierra Leone.

The 40-year-old is in a critical condition at a hospital in the city of Jeddah where he is being treated in a unit with advanced isolation and infection-control capabilities.

A New York hospital is testing a man for ebola after he turned up at the emergency department showing symptoms of the virus.

The man turned up at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital and was put in isolation after displaying fever and gastrointestinal problems.

He had travelled to one of the West African countries where ebola has been reported, said hospital president David Reich.

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5 August 2014 | 4:29 pm – Source:

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