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Travel Restrictions Tightened Amid Ebola Fears

A doctor of the national public health institute takes the temperature of a man at the airport, in Abidjan, on August 13, 2014, as part of protective measures against the Ebola virus. The Ivory Coast announced on August 11 that it has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the West African nation. (Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)
A doctor of the national public health institute takes the temperature of a man at the airport, in Abidjan, on August 13, 2014, as part of protective measures against the Ebola virus. The Ivory Coast announced on August 11 that it has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the West African nation. (Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)

Countries in West Africa and beyond continue to impose travel restrictions even though the World Health Organization has not recommended them.

On Friday, the Central African country of Gabon announced it was barring all flights and ships from Ebola-stricken countries. Senegal announced late Thursday that it was closing air and sea borders with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The land border with Guinea was also closed.

South Africa said Thursday it was imposing a travel ban for non-citizens traveling from those countries “unless the travel is considered absolutely essential.”

Earlier this week, Cameroon said that it was barring flights from Nigeria.

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from her post in Accra, Ghana, to discuss the latest in the growing Ebola crisis.

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