Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this report in Le Nouvel Observateur: Ebola: African states are closing their borders one by one. Excerpt from the Google translation:
The cascade of preventive measures against the Ebola epidemic continues in West Africa. Cameroon has thus closed Monday, August 18th all its borders with Nigeria to prevent the spread of Ebola.
"All borders (air, sea and land) of Cameroon with Nigeria are closed. Our logic is that it is better to prevent rather than cure," said Cameroon's Minister of Communication and government spokesman, Issa Bakary Tchiroma.
"The government has made this decision knowingly to protect its people," said Issa Tchiroma Bakary. "The measurement is observed during the incubation period" of the disease or forty days.
"If no new cases are recorded in Nigeria, we will reopen the borders. Government also decided to restrict the movement with the (other) infected countries," said the spokesman of the government.
"We have suspended all flights to and from Nigeria," also the minister told the BBC's Hausa language, saying the decision of Cameroon "difficult but necessary". No cases of Ebola have been reported to date in Cameroon, which shares with Nigeria nearly 2,000 km of common border.
Kenya, Mauritania ...
The Cameroon is not the first country to take such drastic measures. Saturday is the Kenya announced that prohibit entry into its territory, starting Wednesday, travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three most affected by the epidemic.
August 9, Zambia had taken similar action , preventing entry into its territory to foreigners from countries affected. Zambian travelers returning to their country will "carefully examined and quarantined," state authorities. Zambians have also more right to travel to these areas "until further notice".
The Guinea-Bissau has closed its borders with Guinea: "In light of the information provided by the Minister of Health, after a series of consultations, the Government of Guinea-Bissau decided to close until further notice its southern borders and is with Guinea-Conakry, "said Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.
For its part, the Senegal has suspended flights of its national airline, Air Côte d'Ivoire to and from countries affected by Ebola. A patient developed symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and was quarantined in the Matam region in the north of the country, but sample testing has ruled out the presence of the virus.