AFRICA: ‘ West Africa’s Cases Rise As Epidemic Spreads and Cameroon Announces Closure of Land, Sea and Air Borders with Nigeria ‘

#AceWorldNews – WEST AFRICA – August 19 – As the cases in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. The WHO reported the toll in four countries including Nigeria, Reuters said.

​The organization is working with the UN’s World Food Program to ensure food delivery to 1 million people living in Ebola quarantine zones in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Food has been delivered to hospitalized patients and people under quarantine who are not able to leave their homes.

Today Cameroon’s government announced the closure of land, sea and air borders with Nigeria in order to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus, AFP reported. "All borders (land, sea and air) between Cameroon and Nigeria are closed.

Our thinking is that it is better to act preventively rather than have to heal" people who may fall ill later, Cameroon’s Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said. While Cameroon has not had any registered cases of Ebola yet, it shares a nearly 2,000-kilometre-long border with Nigeria.

On Monday Nigeria confirmed 12 cases of the Ebola virus, according to the country’s Health Ministry. Four people have died from the illness and five others almost fully recovered from the virus.