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South African Airways' issues travel advisory to prevent the importation of Ebola into South Africa
South African Airways (SAA), the National carrier of the Republic of South Africa has notified its travellers about the Ebola outbreak and informed them about measures they can take to minimize the risks of contracting the disease.

Ebola which is a very rare and deadly disease, and is spreading very fast. It is caused by infection with one of the Ebola viruses (Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo or Tai forest virus). It is spread by direct contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals.

Travellers could become infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is sick or has died from Ebola, sick wildlife or meat from an infected animal. Health care providers caring for Ebola patients, family and friends in close contact with an ill person are at highest risk because they may come into contact with blood or body fluids.

Following the reported outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the South African National Department of Health is on high alert and would like to assure all tourists travelling to South Africa about all precautions being taken to prevent the EVD.

The department is working in close coordination with key organizations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) among others. South African Airways give utmost priority to the health, well-being and safety of our passengers and staff.

South Africa is taking such precautions because, it falls under the category of 'low risk countries', the same as India, Europe and most other nations. So, to prevent the entry of the virus into the country through tourists, they are providing a FAQ sheets to the passengers.

The following steps are also being taken in the interest of tourists:

  • Installation of thermal scanners at OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport, Johannesburg that detect inbound travellers with raised temperatures. These travellers, when identified, are quarantined and assessed at the medical facilities at the airport

  • Regular fumigation and disinfection of South African Airways' aircrafts

  • Increased surveillance by Port Health Officials for travellers with EVD signs and symptoms

  • All foreign nationals who test positive and all citizens of affected nations denied entry in South Africa

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