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A file photo of a Korean Air Airbus A330. / Airbus

Korean Air Lines on Thursday said that it will suspend flights to Kenya as fears about the Ebola virus persist. The airline described the move as an effort to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

South Korean flies three flights a week between Seoul's Incheon Airport and Nairobi, Kenya's capital and one of East Africa's top aviation hubs. The carrier's last flight on the route will be Wednesday (Aug. 20). Korean Air uses 218-seat Airbus A330 jets for its flights to Nairobi, its only African destination.

So far, the Ebola outbreak has hit four West African nations that are thousands of miles from Kenya.

Despite that, Bloomberg News writes there has been a "heightened concern over air travel" in the region after "a Liberian man with Ebola took a flight to Nigeria and died in Lagos, infecting others there." Against that backdrop, The Associated Press notes Korean Air "has a history of taking risk minimization measures before other airlines."

Korean Air said it would monitor the situation in Africa in considering when to reinstate flights on the route, Reuters says.

More than 1,000 people have died and another 2,000 sickened in the latest Ebola outbreak that has affected the West African nations Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

British Airways and Emirates are among big airlines that have curtailed flights to that region.



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