UN chief regrets quarantine of Ebola health workers

Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

ADDIS ABABA (AA) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his regret that health workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa were quarantined.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ban said that no country should quarantine health workers returning home from Ebola-affected countries.

“Africa should not be punished unfairly because of this disease,” he said at a joint press briefing with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

On Sunday, Florida became the fourth U.S. state to impose a 21-day mandatory quarantine period for anyone returning from Ebola-affected countries.

Last week, a New York City doctor was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Guinea, where he had been treating patients.

In recent months, Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has killed 4,922 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

A total of 4,912 deaths have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia alone.

Other West African countries to have reported cases of Ebola include Nigeria, Senegal and Mali.


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