Sierra Leone amends Public Health Act to make hiding Ebola patients a crime

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Monday, 25 August, 2014

Sierra Leone parliament on 22 August made it a crime to hide Ebola patients. Legally defining an "Ebola patient" may be challenging prior to confirmation by laboratory testing. Does the law refer to confirmed cases only or include suspect cases also? Story is at Al Jazeera.

Other regulatory actions by countries include border closures by Senegal, Cote d'Ivore and South Africa. Senegal has banned flights to and from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Brussels Airlines has also cancelled flights to these countries.

The August Travel Bug colomn in Medical Observer written by THS Director, Rick Speare, commented on Ebola and the West African outbreak.

Posted by Rick Speare