Thailand advises people to avoid travel to West Africa due to Ebola outbreak
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand is advising travelers to avoid travel to the affected countries until the outbreak of the virus is safely controlled, according to a National News Bureau of Thailand report Saturday.
The World Health Organization (WHO), at this point, is not recommending that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone based on the current information available for the Ebola outbreak.
The Thai government does say “If required to travel to those infected countries, please register your travel itinerary both inbound and outbound, accommodation, and reachable contact numbers with the Royal Thai Embassy in Dakar for emergency assistance.”
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According to the WHO:
In Africa, fruit bats are believed to be the natural hosts of Ebola virus. The virus is transmitted from wildlife to people through contact with infected fruit bats, or through intermediate hosts, such as monkeys, apes, or pigs that have themselves become infected through contact with bat saliva or feces.
People may then become infected through contact with infected animals, either in the process of slaughtering or through consumption of blood, milk, or raw or undercooked meat.
The virus is then passed from person to person through direct contact with the blood, secretions or other bodily fluids of infected persons, or from contact with contaminated needles or other equipment in the environment.
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