Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Health workers miss medical conference over Ebola warning

04 November 2014, 07:58

New Orleans - A healthcare worker in Liberia is among those staying away from a tropical medicine conference in New Orleans after the state of Louisiana warned of quarantining attendees potentially exposed to Ebola, Doctors Without Borders said on Monday.

Amanda Tiffany, an epidemiologist with the humanitarian aid group, was one of at least 10 people blocked from attending the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) on threat of quarantine, conference officials said, adding that they oppose the policy.

"Unfortunately my colleague, Amanda Tiffany, was not allowed to travel to ASTMH due to fear of quarantine upon arrival," said Carrie Teicher, a doctor with Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, speaking at the conference.

Also Read: US Ebola nurse, Maine settle

"She hopes these regulations get changed quickly as the stigma American and other colleagues are now facing is great," Teicher added.

Quarantine policy

Those planning to attend the 2-6 November conference, expected to number more than 4 000, were warned in a letter sent last week by Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals to stay away if they had been in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea within the past 21 days or had been in contact with Ebola patients.

The worst Ebola outbreak on record, centred in those three West African countries, has killed nearly 5 000 people.

"We see no utility in you travelling to New Orleans to simply be confined to your room," the state health department said.

Conference organisers, calling the state's quarantine policy "outside of the scientific understanding of Ebola transmission", said it disagreed with Louisiana's rules.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican widely seen as holding 2016 presidential ambitions, has been among those calling for a travel ban to the United States from countries affected by Ebola.

Mandatory quarantines issued by some US states for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak have created a chilling effect on aid work there, MSF has said.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...