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Equatorial Guinea arms herself against the Ebola threat for the 2015 AFCON

Equatorial Guinea arms herself against the Ebola threat for the 2015 AFCON.

Officials say visitors to the central African country (Equatorial Guinea) hosting the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, will undergo medical examinations and follow safety rules during their stay.
The Local Organizing Committee of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8, has confirmed that several steps will be taken to fight the threat of the Ebola virus before and during the tournament.


CAF, estimates that about 100,000 spectators will travel to watch the tournament live. This has definitely  increased fear of a possible spread or outbreak of the ebola disease.


The World Health Organization (WHO) reports about 6,856 people dead from the disease with more than 18,000 cases mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
However, the government of Equatorial Guinea has allayed concerns, saying that they would not have accepted to host the tournament if they did not have the means to control Ebola.

The safety steps the Committee announces to have put in place includes:
All passengers arriving at Malabo international airport from abroad are having their temperature checked
Passengers are being photographed and having their fingerprints taken
They must fill in medical history forms and show yellow fever certificates
Fans at stadiums are being sprayed with hand sanitizer at the turnstiles
30 Cuban doctors, who are specialists in epidemiology, have been drafted in
Moreover, CAF originally refused to consider Qatar’s proposal to host the AFCON when Morocco pulled out due to fears of the Ebola epidemic as Equatorial Guinea was ready to take the task.

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