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Kenya put on Ebola Alert by WHO


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#1 madaboutcheetah

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 03:24 PM

http://www.bbc.com/n...africa-28769678

 

As if it wasn't bad enough for Kenya ......... 


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:06 PM

Oh no......

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

Not good at all. Really hope it won't get worse...still gonna go next month...
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Posted 16 August 2014 - 05:32 PM

Kenya´s statements on Ebola.

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:19 PM

And now Kenya closes its borders to travellers from Ebola states:

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...africa-28823247


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:20 PM

"WHO urges calm as Kenya bans contact with Ebola-affected countries."

 

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 07:23 PM

Well I wonder if South African Air will divert its' daily fuel stop in Dakar after takeoff from IAD on to ORTAMBO. Anyone wanting to fly West to East would be flying SAA if Kenya pulls out their flights.

 

I called SAA and they would only say,   "precautions are being taken"...of course folks get on the plane but we do not deplane at this stop.

 

I was not too worried as I do not plan on touching anyone at 6:30am when they board - I will huddle in my own little cocoon with DH and my sanitizing wipes (which by the way as a FORMER F/A I highly recommend wiping everything down around your seat). Really. 

 

It can be a petri dish you are sitting in. They are never cleaned -and I HAVE seen the cleaning crew come aboard, sweep through and leave.Yuck. I take enough for my fellow travelers around me, as I always hear them in the distance,  "Honey, why didn't you think of that?"  :)

 

:unsure: Me and Matt Lauer dispense wipes like candy.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 07:26 PM

I would not be worried personally about flying on the planes either @graceland - even the WHO is saying that they should NOT be stopping flights as it's not easily communicable via air travel. Hopefully all this furor calms down soon. But good tip to wipe down things around you - I can imagine that could only help prevent exposure to any kind of germs! I always use those wipes provided at the supermarket to wipe off the shopping cart handles.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:10 PM

I would not be worried personally about flying on the planes either @graceland - even the WHO is saying that they should NOT be stopping flights as it's not easily communicable via air travel. Hopefully all this furor calms down soon. But good tip to wipe down things around you - I can imagine that could only help prevent exposure to any kind of germs! I always use those wipes provided at the supermarket to wipe off the shopping cart handles.

Having lived on planes for several years, I can tell you they are not very clean. Short turn arounds and shooting for high on time percentages  prevent anything but disposing of whatever the crew can collect.

 

I also board LAST to avoid standing in line with " germs". I never figured out with a seat number why people have to be first on board. OH right. they are carrying the kitchen sink as well and need first dibs on overheads!

 

I guess it's  from seeing just about everything but a live birth on board  - I am very pro-active when flying. B)  You should see me at the gate agent desk. ha ha


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:01 AM

Graceland, I also wipe everything down in the plane around my seat.  I use wipes but add a squirt of hand sanitiser.  But I am one of the ones who's onto the plane as soon as I can so that I can make sure that my camera bag has a spot above my seat.  Guilty.    :unsure:


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:34 AM

Me too - I need to get my camera gear in the overhead ....... it's not easy and is a big production!!!

 

I wash my hands as many times as possible on the plane ;)  and use a tissue to open the toilet door ........ :)


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 07:42 AM

I know we sound a bit paranoid about airplane hygiene but when you spend so much money on a safari, the thought of being sick for the first week is unthinkable.  People look at me as if I'm a little crazy.

 

Hari, I too use a tissue to open the toilet door.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:42 AM

@twaffle - we are not that bad.

 

 I'm not making this story up - a very good friend of mine in California actually waits for someone to open a public bathroom door to enter or exit it (won't even touch the handle)


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:44 AM

Surgical gloves anyone? Might be a joke now but who knows over time.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:08 PM

@twaffle - we are not that bad.

 

 I'm not making this story up - a very good friend of mine in California actually waits for someone to open a public bathroom door to enter or exit it (won't even touch the handle)

 

It's not me  :P


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:06 PM

 I'm not making this story up - a very good friend of mine in California actually waits for someone to open a public bathroom door to enter or exit it (won't even touch the handle)

 

Hmmm ... I wonder how that works with toilet stalls. :rolleyes:


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:41 PM

Graceland, I also wipe everything down in the plane around my seat.  I use wipes but add a squirt of hand sanitiser.  But I am one of the ones who's onto the plane as soon as I can so that I can make sure that my camera bag has a spot above my seat.  Guilty.    :unsure:

Twaffle, Since you bring back so many terrific shots you are allowed the space above your seat.

 

But some people..hmm,can't all be cameras in those plastic bags :rolleyes:



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:56 PM

I'm not making this story up - a very good friend of mine in California actually waits for someone to open a public bathroom door to enter or exit it (won't even touch the handle)

 
Hmmm ... I wonder how that works with toilet stalls. :rolleyes:

He would drive home for that.
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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:00 AM

I leave for Zambia via Sao Paulo, Brazil and Jo-burg on Monday with SAA. Now living in Central America (Panama), it sure cuts down on the long flights from the US (21-22 hours with refueling in Dakar) which I have done in the past; vs 8-10 hours non-stop from Sao Paulo.

 

Re: Ebola, I expect there will be thermo-detectors upon arrival in Jo-burg, or even departure from Brazil on SAA. Not concerned about that, but certainly hope that this epidemic can be brought under control. Yes, I try to "sanitize" my personal space on a long haul, especially wanting to arrive healthy and ready to enjoy a much-anticipated safari.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 02:41 AM

They had Thermo-detectors on arrival in Joburg even in June when I was there ...... just before immigration stamps your passport.


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