Ghana, Uganada, Tanzania and Nigeria comment as Nigeria declared free of Ebola; Israeli measures to

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(20 Oct 2014) African leaders at a business summit in London warned on Monday that the Ebola crisis could harm the continent’s economy.
Tanzania’s Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said it was a concern for all of Africa, adding that Ebola was threatening some of the economic progress that had been made in recent years.
However, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said there was no reason for international investors to fear coming to the region to do business.
The two leaders were speaking at the Global African Investment Summit in London, alongside the presidents of Ghana and Rwanda.
Ghana’s President John Mahama criticised the initial international response to the outbreak, describing it as “slow”.
But on a positive note, Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo welcomed the news that Nigeria had been declared free of the disease.
Israel meanwhile is implementing measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Starting from Sunday, officials at Ben Gurion Airport – Israel’s main international hub – have begun checking the temperature of passengers flying from African countries.
The US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says Ebola isn’t contagious until symptoms appear.
Ebola isn’t spread through the air like the flu; people catch it by direct contact with a sick person’s bodily fluids, such as blood or vomit.
Although Senegal and Nigeria have been declared free of Ebola, the epidemic remains out of control in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
The total death toll from Ebola has risen to more than 4,500 people from the 9,000 infected, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
WHO warns that by December there could be as many as 10,000 new infections per week.

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