The Malawi Defense Force (MDF) has quarantined some soldiers who were on a peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo over suspected Ebola virus.
The social media is awash with reports that some soldiers have been quarantined at the Kamuzu Barracks after being infected with the Ebola Virus in the DRC.
But the MDF Spokesperson, Francis Kakhuta Banda, has dismissed the reports, saying soldiers were screened before entering the country from DRC.
He told a local radio Capital FM that “the soldiers are being treated for another infection” which he could not disclose.
The recent SADC summit recommended that people entering any SADC country from an affected country would be subjected to screening and would not leave a country for the next 21 days while under monitoring.
Meanwhile, the United States has restricted airport arrivals from West Africa.
Travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea will now arrive at specific airports in Chicago, Washington’s and Atlanta, where they will undergo enhanced screening.
They will also have their temperatures checked as part of screening programmes, despite experts warning such moves are unlikely to have an impact.
Latest figures from the World Health organization (WHO) indicate that Ebola has so far claimed 4,500 lives mostly in West Africa.