More flights suspended over Ebola outbreak

Saturday 02 August 2014 13.09
Liberian nurses are sprayed with disinfectant after preparing several bodies of victims of Ebola for burial
Liberian nurses are sprayed with disinfectant after preparing several bodies of victims of Ebola for burial

Dubai's Emirates has suspended flights to Guinea, one of the west African countries affected by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Flights would be suspended from today until further notice, the airline said in a statement on its website.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised," it said

The Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea and has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, has killed more than 700, making it the deadliest since the virus was discovered almost 40 yearsago.

International airlines association IATA said on Thursday the World Health Organization was not recommending travel restrictions or border closures due to the outbreak.

It said there would be a low risk to other passengers if an infected person flew.             

Some pan-African carriers have suspended operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Emirates does not fly.

West African leaders agreed yesterday to take stronger measures to try to bring Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region.

Sierra Leone on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and called in troops to isolate Ebola victims.

Emirates said any further actions in connection with the outbreak would be "guided by the advice and updates from the government and international health authorities".