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West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola outbreak

LOME, Togo (AP) -- The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease.

A statement from Asky Airlines said Tuesday that it was temporarily halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A man who boarded a flight in Monrovia, Liberia last week took two Asky flights before arriving in Lagos, Nigeria, where he later died.

Liberia has now stepped up security measures at its airport but at the time there was no passenger screening.

The World Health Organization says the risk of someone contracting Ebola from a fellow passenger is very low, and it has not recommended any travel restrictions.

Ebola has no specific treatment and about 70 percent of victims have died.

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alphaome4 July 29 2014 at 5:34 PM

How about the free world quarantines the nations in question.

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larry July 29 2014 at 5:04 PM

too late. Many illegal immigrants have already come through the borders. How do we know, America is NOT already infected with all these diseases ???

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kcarthey larry July 29 2014 at 7:21 PM

Probably because tens of thousands of American tourists and expats live among those people back in their own countries and we've not contracted the Plagues Conservative Media has persuaded you we will.

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krisb613 larry July 29 2014 at 7:35 PM

Well, given the disease is found in Africa, and the vast majority of illegal immigrants are from Central America, I think we're pretty safe. As for other diseases, many can be carried by fleas, mosquitos, rats, etc... Good luck closing the borders to those.

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jrb359 July 29 2014 at 6:17 PM

Not so much ebola, but what other diseases could the illegals be bringing in with them? Why are they being distributed all around the country?

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larry July 29 2014 at 4:50 PM

this is bad stuff

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bethie July 29 2014 at 6:32 PM

The sick man collapsed at the airport. He had been sick with vomiting and diarrhea while flying. Most certainly he had to use the planes toilets. If sitting on a toilet after someone with ebola diarrhea had sat on it previously doesn't scare you, I don't know what would. At one time it was ships that brought disease to countries, now it is airplanes. Wasn't it an airplane steward that started the aids epidemic?

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krisb613 bethie July 29 2014 at 7:39 PM

I believe an airline steward brought the virus to the US where it rapidly spread, but the virus had already long existed in Africa.

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Bill July 29 2014 at 6:22 PM

actually no one should be able to leave the country without screening, why this is being allowed is beyond me. Is someone wanting a world wide outbreak? That is the only reason to allow this.

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kcarthey July 29 2014 at 6:13 PM

One airline stops flying between two cities. Does it really matter as long as there are cars and busses and trucks and feet?

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nsheats July 29 2014 at 6:56 PM

Its about time! No flights from affected countries should be allowed to land in the US or even pass over our territory. Hmmm. I wonder if this is what Armageddon will be? Humans wiped out by one of the smallest forms of life on earth.

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billcdaly July 29 2014 at 7:01 PM

Finally someone with common sense. Stop the flights, contain the virus.

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barryaclarke July 30 2014 at 12:06 AM

I wonder if this is a form of government population control?............

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