Ebola Could Reach Europe By Late October

Scientists predict a 75 per cent chance that Ebola will reach France by October 24 and a 50 per cent chance it will hit Britain by the same date.

Scientists predict a 75 per cent chance that Ebola will reach France by October 24 and a 50 per cent chance it will hit Britain by the same date.

The study, which is based on air traffic routes, centres its prediction on the assumption that air travel will remain at full capacity.

The World Health Organisation has not placed any restrictions on travel to the worst-hit countries, but some airlines have chosen to do so themselves. Should travel to these areas decline by 80 per cent, there would be a 25 per cent chance of France receiving the virus by October 24 and Britain 15 per cent.

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has confirmed it has full confidence in the travel procedures currently in place related to the Ebola outbreak.

“Airports in countries affected by the Ebola virus are screening airline passengers, and various US government agencies are working to monitor individuals arriving in the US from affected international airports,” it said in a statement.

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