New Zealand lifts Ebola check for Sierra Leone


December 10, 2015  10, 2015

Additional screening for New Zealand travellers returning from Sierra Leone have been lifted after the country was declared Ebola-free, reported the country’s news agency.

The Ministry of Health along with New Zealand Customs implemented additional border screening following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 to prevent the disease spreading.

Sierra Leone has since been declared Ebola-free following 42 days without a new case.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health acting Director of Public Health, Dr. Stewart Jessamine, said 167 people arriving in the country have visited an Ebola-affect country in the past 30 days.

“The Ministry of Health is continuing to monitor the situation in West Africa, where Guinea is now the only country yet to be declared free of Ebola transmission,” he said yesterday. “Additional border screening will remain in place for travellers who have recently been in Guinea, until it has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.”