A new map released Thursday shows Lebanon among the 35 countries that are one flight away from Ebola-affected countries. (map courtesy of quartzmedia.com and planestats.com)
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Preparations are in place at Beirut's airport to combat the possible spread of Ebola, in the wake of an outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa of unprecedented severity that has struck fear into the worldwide health community.Experts say the risk of in-flight transmission remains low as Ebola isn't an airborne disease but is spread via bodily fluids, such as blood, mucus and semen, where it can survive for up to three months.However, he added, "it's unlikely the plane would land in any of the countries between Nigeria and Beirut".But he also expressed doubt that Lebanese authorities would be able to handle an Ebola outbreak due to the immense stress posed by more than 1 million Syrian refugees on Lebanon's public health infrastructure. Just the presence of a single Ebola case in Lebanon could quickly and easily be transmitted to 15-20 people, he said.
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