Cancellation of Friday and Saturday services to Banjul (The Gambia)
Following the decision of the Gambian Government to ban Nigerian carriers from operating into Banjul airport, Arik Air has cancelled its services to the Gambian capital on Friday 1st of August and Sunday 3rd of August. Arik Air will resume its services as soon as governmental clearance is obtained. For more information and updates please contact Arik Air customer relations on +234 1 279 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Arik Air suspends fights to Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone)
Abuja International Airport will be closed for maintenance on Sunday 13 of July 2014.
EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD)
Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a severe and highly contentious disease that affects human and caused by Ebola viruses. The disease which has a high death rate of up to 90% (the chance of survival once infested is quite low) is transmitted from infected wild animals to humans.
The following animals have been documented to have transmitted the disease to humans:
- Fruit bats
- Forest antelope
The infection often results in bleeding evident from mucous membrane and wounds on the victim. Infected person may cough out blood or pass out it out from the anus and/or urethra, hence, Haemorrhagic Fever. Unfortunately, there are no licensed vaccines for the disease so is no available specific treatment.
Although EVD is remote villages in Central and West Africa, there is the fear that it may spread to neighbouring countries.
Symptoms are often noticed within two to three days after contacting the virus.
The symptoms at the initial stage include:
- Body pains including joint and throat pains, and headaches.
There is then nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea at the later stage. There are also the decreased in liver and kidneys functions.
Other signs and symptoms include:
- General feeling of discomfort
- Swelling of the throat accompanied with sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing often painful
- Depression and convulsion.
Ebola is can be transmitted through contact with the blood and secretions or other bodily fluids of infected animals persons. Persons who have apparent recovery can still transmit the virus for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.
- Avoid body contact with suspected individual especially in countries known to be prone to the virus
- Avoid contact with any kind of body fluid, waste and remains.
- Practice good personal hygiene, especially frequent hand washing
- Avoid the consumption of meals made with or from wild animals including monkeys, antelope and grass cutters
- Seek medical advice one you start feeling sick and exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
SPECIFIC PRECAUTIONS FOR THE AIRLINES
Although the above mentioned signs and symptoms, with the exception of severe internal and external bleeding, are not peculiar to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the following will help safe guard crews and other passages, and also possibly reduce the chance of spreading from other one country to another.
- The airport’s health authority should be informed immediately where there is a potential passenger suspected to be infected
- Crew should keep as much distance as possible from strangers, especially sick-looking persons in affected countries
- Passengers who are ill (with flu-like condition) should be refused boarding
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Travel Alert to inform the restriction
Arik Air wishes to inform that all carriers servicing Banjul are restricted from carrying any inbound passengers from Freetown/Monrovia. We regret the inconvenience caused. (If refund is approved) Please contact Arik Air on +234-1-279-9999 / +234-1-906-7000 or visit the nearest Arik Air office for more information.