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Ebola outbreak: Botswana denies banning travel to DRC

Botswana’s Ministry of Health and Wellness on Thursday denied reports that it has banned travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over an outbreak of Ebola in that country.The ministry said in a statement that there was confusion caused by its August 3 announcement in which it advised Batswana to avoid travelling to the DRC where an outbreak of the Ebola virus has infected more than 100 people and claimed around 70 lives since May.

The ministry said it has not instituted a ban but had only advised Botswana citizens to avoid or postpone travelling to the DRC.

It said Botswana has intensified preparedness measures, including surveillance, alertness at the districts and ports of entry.

It “continues to monitor the situation in DRC in close consultation with World Health Organisation (WHO) and will keep the public updated.”

Ebola is a highly contagious and virulent disease that can be transmitted through contact with infected person’s body fluids, blood, tissue and human waste.

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