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Haliborange ebola facts - No direct flights from West Africa

Published:Monday | November 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM

There is no suspected or confirmed case of Ebola in Jamaica, and reporting of any case is mandated through agreed channels in keeping with the International Health Regulations, 2005.

Jamaica has no direct flights to or from the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, the worst-affected nations in this current Ebola outbreak.

Jamaica gets approximately two million visitors to the island each year, and on average, only 150 collectively come from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea annually.

So far this year, 142 persons have visited Jamaica from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea - 66 Sierra Leoneans, 65 Liberians and 11 Guineans. From those three countries, 160 persons visited in 2013, 138 in 2012, and 159 in 2011.

Jamaica now has a travel ban on persons travelling directly or indirectly from or through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, within 28 days of having departed those countries. There is also a 28-day quarantine of Jamaican residents coming from either of those countries.