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Dominican Republic Issues Ebola Travel Ban

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The Dominican Republic has joined other Caribbean countries and issued a travel ban restricting travelers from West African nations dealing with Ebola outbreaks.

The ban applies to travelers in those countries in the past 30 days, said Dominican Health Minister Altagracia Guzman on Tuesday. The Health Minister said authorities will remain vigilant at airports, seaports and at the Haitian border.

Jamaica, Guyana, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago have announced similar travel restrictions.

There are no direct flights between the Dominican Republic and any African country.

Since it emerged 10 months ago the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has already killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.