Asky Airlines suspended flights to the capitals of Sierra Leone and Liberia, making it the second carrier in West Africa to halt routes to the cities after a man with the deadly disease traveled by plane to Nigeria.
Flights to Monrovia and Freetown have been temporarily suspended, the Lome, Togo-based airline said in a statement handed to reporters. Nigeria’s Arik Air canceled its route to those cities yesterday.
A Liberian man died in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, last week after contracting the virus in Freetown. He boarded an Asky flight headed to Lagos that made a stopover in Lome, according to Nigerian officials.
The outbreak that began in Guinea in March has killed more than 670 people and is the worst on record. The disease was first reported in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976. There is no known cure or vaccine for the hemorrhagic fever that kills as many as 90 percent of victims.