Kenya officials have stopped travelers from entering the country by closing its borders to all ports of entry, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria, according to NPR. The closing of Kenya’s borders is in an effort to stop the potential of spreading the disease far and wide. The World Health Organization has issued a statement indicating the potential for Ebola to spread has been ‘vastly underestimated.’
Specifically, James Macharia, Kenya’s health minister made the following statement as reported by 3 News.
“In the interest of public health the government has decided to temporarily suspend entry into Kenya of passengers traveling from or through the three West African countries affected by Ebola, namely Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.”
Several airlines have already begun the process of suspending flights, such as Kenya Airways, Korean Airlines, British Airways and Emirates Airlines.
Just two weeks ago missionaries working in West African areas were ordered to spend at least three weeks in quarantine. The missionaries that faced quarantine were from North Carolina’s SIM USA organization.
According to the Associated Press, “Nigeria became the fourth Ebola-affected country late last month after a Liberian-American man sick with the disease flew to Lagos on an ASKY flight and infected several people before he died.”
More deadly than the AIDS Virus, the Ebola Virus is the deadliest virus to date. In the 1990’s, media outlets reported that the Ebola Virus could be spread by being exposed to a sneeze or a cough. Today, the public has been assured that the disease is passed through bodily fluids and blood, according to a previous article by the Inquisitr.
According to Hot Zone book writer Richard Preston, Ebola kills people swiftly and efficiently. Once the virus enters the blood stream it is almost sure to kill the person 9 out of 10 times. The virus usually presents with flu-like symptoms and then begins to attack major organs before causing fatal internal hemorrhaging.
Sure panic set in the early 1990’s and early 2000’s, when tales of the spreading virus became public. In the most remote villages and jungles in places such as Uganada the virus was hitting the population fast and wiping them out within days. Back then, one photo was published of a preteen boy who bled profusely from his nose, ears and mouth once he was stricken with the deadly disease. Even today, everyone around the globe is fearful of the potential for Ebola to spread. Earlier this month, Nigerian scammers were reportedly playing upon the public’s fears by offering black magic cures to those who have been infected with the Ebola virus.
Kenya’s closed borders will no doubt bring some peace of mind to informed news watchers. Kenyan officials believe that closing Kenya’s borders are extraordinary steps that are needed in order to insure that Ebola does not spread as Kenya’s large port of entry puts it at an even higher risk for transporting the disease.