The World Health Organization (WHO) advised in a new report that people over the age of 60 should only travel to certain areas.
“WHO is becoming more active in urging older people to avoid travel to places where Ebola outbreaks have occurred and to avoid travel to areas where other disease outbreaks have been reported, including as part of the epidemics of dengue virus disease and rabies,” said Assistant Director-General Peter Salama, in a news release. “In addition, when travelers arrive, with health care being interrupted or insufficient, or when they continue to travel despite the risk of infection, they are at risk of spreading an infection, perhaps without realizing it.”
Although the WHO report does not state exactly where to avoid travel to, it identifies hotspots such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea where Ebola outbreaks have occurred over the past few years.
In a more general way, the news release states that no travel restrictions on pregnant women should be considered “at this stage.”
Read the full WHO news release here.
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