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Following reports of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, the Cameroonian government have kept to their promise of shutting down the all the borders around Nigeria to prevent the epidemic from getting to it’s shores.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary, a Cameroonian government spokesman, Tuesday announced to reporters that Cameroon has closed all borders with neighboring Nigeria.
“All borders, land, sea, and air, between Cameroon and Nigeria are closed. Our thinking is that it is better to act preventively rather than have to heal” later those who may fall ill, said Issa Tchiroma Bakary.
No cases of Ebola have been recorded so far in Cameroon. The West African nation shares a 2,000-kilometre-long (1,240-mile) border with Nigeria. Cameroon is the first African countries to introduce such a sanction against it’s neighbors, Kenya Airways Tuesday stopped flight operations from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone also in a bid to prevent movements of persons from the worst hit into Kenya.
Among the West African nations hit hardest by Ebola, Nigeria has had the fewest recorded cases of the disease. So far the virus in Nigeria has claimed four lives, with about a dozen people reportedly infected.