It is the latest development in the continuing and unfolding story of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Issa Tchiroma Bakary, a Cameroonian government spokesman, has announced to reporters that Cameroon has closed all borders with neighboring Nigeria.
The story of the border closing by Cameroon was first reported on Monday by the AFP, and later by the Daily Nation newspaper. "All borders, land, sea, and air, between Cameroon and Nigeria are closed. Our thinking is that it is better to act preventively rather than have to heal" later those who may fall ill, said Issa Tchiroma Bakary.
No cases of Ebola have been recorded so far in Cameroon. The West African nation shares a 2,000-kilometre-long (1,240-mile) border with Nigeria.
Among the West African nations hit hardest by Ebola, Nigeria has had the fewest recorded cases of the disease. So far the virus in Nigeria has claimed four lives, with about a dozen people reportedly infected.