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October 21, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

THE danger of Ebola to travellers to East Africa is misunderstood, according  to the Mombasa-based Security Spokesman  for the Kenya Tourism Federation, Mike Kirkland.

Mr Kirkland is currently  visiting Australia and said he had learned of  Australians cancelling visits to the region and he believes concerns over the disease had caused some over-reactions.

He said that the public should be aware that Africa is almost four times the size of Australia with London closer to west Africa than Kenya.

He added, “There is no west to east traffic in Africa as people would not only have to travel 5,350 kms with no major roads but would also have to cross a war zone. Also, there are no flights from West Africa to East Africa.

“Anyone who has any contact with West Africa is  currently being screened at Nairobi Airport and can be referred to Kenya’s world class medical facilities, unlike Liberia or Sierra Leone.

” The most important aspect is that Ebola infection is not airborne and needs contact with body fluids. The only people getting Ebola are medical personnel or relatives who have been in direct contact with the victims of this disease. Like Aids, you cannot catch it except by direct contact.

” When AIDS was first diagnosed, people were as ill informed  as they are about Ebola. These days no one has any worries about catching AIDS during their visit to Africa as, like Ebola, it requires direct contact. “

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