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At Lagos’ airport, Nigerian health workers are stepping up efforts to stop Ebola entering the country. Eight people who last week treated the country’s first case are now suspected of having the disease themselves. The possible spread of the virus by passengers has prompted British Airways to suspend flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia until the end of the month because what it calls the “deteriorating public health situation.”

“At the moment, we don’t think it’s worth screening people at airports. We’d have a system in place already. So for those that come for example to UK airports who are unwell and who let people know they are unwell, we have a system to, to investigate them and detect virus in them, including Ebola as soon as possible.”

An American nurse infected Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia has been flown back to the U.S. for treatment. Nancy Writebol was being given an experimental antibody drug called Zmapp and is responding to the relief of her family.

“I can’t imagine this, but it’s amazing to think that my mom might not be only able to help those who she was trying to help there in country, but by her suffering in this, and by her just going through it, she may be able to help countless more through that being able to understand what’s going on in her body and develop a cure or resources to help those who are suffering right now.”

Her colleague doctor Kent Brantly is already in quarantine in Atlanta. He walked off the ambulance, reportedly well enough to stand within an hour given the drug.

“That could be very well a game changer. Now this, a Zmapp drug has been in development for a number of years. And it has never really been tested on humans until now. They had to have somebody who was otherwise probably going to die. And for all we know, it looks like the drug may have saved doctor Brantly’s life.”

But it’s unlikely that enough of the drug could be made to hold the current Ebola outbreak. Medical charities working in the regions say more resources are needed to help trace and quarantine anybody who’s been in contact with non-victims.

It’s a challenge with poorest borders and a mobile population, but this is the only way of slowing the spread of the virus.

Thomas Moore, Sky News.
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