Ebola virus tests for all Afcon 2015 players

Ebola virus tests for all Afcon 2015 players
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Published January 15th, 2015 - 21:33 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has insisted that all players taking part in the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea must undergo the Ebola virus test.

Consequently, the Confederation directed that all teams must route their journey through Malabo so as to undergo the test.

"Everyone arriving at the Nations Cup must respect the medical rules and regulations," CAF said in a statement.

Those who show any signs of the contagious virus, or who refused to be examined, could be quarantined for up to 21 days.

The tough regulations reflect fears of the spread of the deadly haemorrhagic fever that led Morocco to ask for a postponement of the tournament.

Instead Morocco was stripped of its hosting rights and Equatorial Guinea stepped in at the last moment to take over.

The worst epidemic of the virus on record has killed more than 8,371 people and infected 21,171 in Liberia , Sierra Leone and Guinea , according to World Health Organization figures released on Monday.

Guinea is competing at the Nations Cup but the other two countries are not.

The demands for the medical check have led Tunisia to cancel plans to have a warm-up game in neighbouring Gabon .

They said it would be too taxing on team logistics to travel to Gabon for the match and then to Malabo for the health checks.

Tunisia had originally planned to travel straight to the small eastern town of Ebebiyin where the team will be based. The Nations Cup kicks off on Saturday and ends on February 8.

© 2014 AllAfrica Global Media.

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