EBOLA: Botswana closes it borders to the DRC

BY NATALI IVERSON - AUGUST 26, 2014

Botswana has closed its borders to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after they reported two Ebola cases in their country, to stop the spread of the Ebola disease.

In a statement, Botswana’s Ministry of Health said it is implementing public health several interventions to stop the disease from spreading into Botswana.

"One of the interventions undertaken includes entry restrictions on visitors who have been to countries affected by the disease in the last three months," it said.

Chobe District Health Management Team Acting Head, Dr Dorcas Mufalali, said “those travelling from their countries to the DRC will do so at their own risk and they will not be allowed entry into Botswana on their way back.”

Dr Mufalali added that Botswana citizens have been advised not to travel to the DRC, those who arrive at the borders will be screen tested and quarantined if they show any symptoms. People who do not show any symptoms will be monitored in their home.

There have been no reported cases of Ebola in Botswana thus far. 

 

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