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Global travel restrictions after Ebola hits West African nations

One of the deadliest outbreaks of Ebola in history is causing more concern for businesses sending corporate travelers to West African countries where the disease continues to threaten lives in the area, The Oxford Press reported.

In West Africa several nations are being affected by the Ebola Virus which has stopped travel in and out of certain countries

Many nations are closing their borders to try to limit the amount of infected people coming and going from the country, the source added. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently listed the Ebola outbreak as an "extraordinary event" that needs international aid.

"The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries," the WHO report stated.

Entire nation of Nigeria at risk for Ebola virus
Onyebuchi Chukwu, the minister of health for Nigeria, explained the Ebola outbreak is a national emergency in which everyone is at risk, The Washington Post reported. In Lagos, Nigeria, which has a population of 21 million people, there were five more cases of the Ebola virus reported on Aug. 6.

According to the BBC News, the Ebola virus is currently affecting countries such as Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian-American civil servant, entered Nigeria for business travel just two weeks ago, and reportedly fell down when arriving to Lagos' central airport, according to The Washington Post. Jide Idris, the state health commissioner, said the man was diagnosed with Ebola and had died after being transported to a local hospital.

Additionally, the nurse who was handling the infected patent reportedly died Aug. 6, from being contaminated, the source reported. Idris is asking for everyone traveling right now and for those in Nigeria to be extra "vigilant" with those who are ill and to report them immediately.

CDC taking extra precautions during crisis
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its highest-level warning for the outbreak in West Africa. According to The Washington Post, the CDC took similar precautions during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and with the bird-flu threat in 2009.

The global risk should have businesses reconsidering their methods used to protect their corporate travelers during a crisis. Companies need to increase their situational awareness to ensure travelers and business assets are safe while working across seas or in high-risk areas.


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