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Zimbabwe has expressed concern over a Namibia ministerial aisory urging citizens to avoid travel to Harare, citing the alleged quarantining of Ebola suspects in the country.

Speaking from New York, Namibia’s health minister warned against travel to Zimbabwe following reports that Harare had quarantined close to 100 individuals for observation over suspected Ebola infection.

“The incubation period for Ebola is 21 days and until they are over and the country has been declared safe, I aise Namibians not to visit and Zimbabweans not to come to Namibia,” he said.

However, Zimbabwe’s deputy health minister Paul Chimedza said the aisory could have an aerse impact on the local tourism industry.

“I would like to believe the Namibian minister was misquoted because his statements were unfortunate because people will cancel tourism trips because of these unfounded rumours,” Chimedza told legislators last week.

“Zimbabwe has no Ebola and, for the record, there is no single case of Ebola or even a g suspected case of Ebola.”

The junior minister added that Harare would approach Namibia over the issue.

“Since Namibia is a friendly country, we will address this issue with them using proper procedures and get their minister to say there is no single case of Ebola in Zimbabwe,” Chimedza said.

Local authorities recently moved fast to quash an Ebola scare following reports that a man infected with the virus had died at Harare’s Parirenyatwa Hospital.

Hospital authorities dismissed the speculation saying the rumours began circulating after the husband of a woman who often travels to the DRC was rushed to hospital with a fever.

“A patient who caused an alarm was brought in by an ambulance he was examined by two doctors with special training in Ebola detection. The two doctors were satisfied that the patient was not an Ebola case,” explained the hospital’s CEO Thomas Zigora.

“The wife who had a history of travelling to DR Congo had far exceeded the Ebola incubation period of 21 days since she arrived back into the country on the 18th August 2014.

“She exhibited no symptoms of the disease. The husband did not have any history of travelling to any of the affected areas.”

In its latest update, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Ebola has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa with about 6,500 infected.

The disease remains concentrated in three countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Zimbabwe, like most other countries of the world, has been on high alert since the outbreak of the killer disease with screening introduced at the main ports of entry to screen passengers coming from the affected countries.

Source : New Zimbabwe