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Lebanon imposes new measures against Ebola

20 October 2014, 19:28

Beirut - Lebanon is imposing new measures to prevent the Ebola virus from reaching the Middle Eastern nation.

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour says that Lebanon is more vulnerable than other Arab countries, "because of the large Lebanese community in infected countries."

Also read: Nigeria declared Ebola free

Thousands of Lebanese live in African nations including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where the Ebola outbreak in those countries has killed more than 4,500 people.

Now people traveling to Lebanon from infected countries will have to fill out special forms and any incoming plane carrying someone displaying Ebola symptoms will have all passengers tested at the airport, Abu Faour told reporters on Monday.

In addition, anyone suspected of carrying the virus will not be granted a visa at Lebanese embassies in infected countries, the health minister said.


- AP

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