The Ebola outbreak has gripped broad swaths of West Africa, reaching Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal.
According to the World Health Organization, there have been 6,242 reported Ebola cases over all,and at least 2,909 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria and Senegal have recorded 21 cases of infection and a total of eight deaths. A separate outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused 41 deaths.
It would be an understatement to say that travel to these countries is problematic. The C.D.C. has issued a Watch Level 3 warning (“avoid nonessential travel”) for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a Level 2 warning (“practice enhanced precautions”) for Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.