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For months we’ve been watching the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. I think the first mention was in February and while reports have ebbed and flowed,we have of course kept it on our radar. Just last week I noticed mention of it on the American news when one of the patients from West Africa was being transferred to the United States. I’ve gotten a few questions from people about whether or not they should be considered about this when visiting Morocco.
The simple answer is no.
But there is a need to at least keep your radar up. There is a daily flight to Casablanca from Conkary, Guinea and Moroccan airport officials have stated they have (for the good or bad) increased security and screenings on these flights entering the country. Officials in the airports of affected countries are also screening passengers leaving for signs of ebola. The other potential concern is that in Morocco there is a migrant population from west Africa that enter Morocco through land borders, and are often undocumented. There is a slight risk that someone carrying the virus could pass into Morocco and remain unknown. However keep in mind this is a perilous trip and someone who was sick would be in a very difficult position to make the overland journey through the Sahara.
As American citizens living in Morocco we are in regular contact with the American mission to Morocco. Whenever there is a potential security concern or should the need ever arise to evacuate we are emailed and potentially called with directions and warnings. We have received no warnings or even alerts regarding ebola. While this doesn’t mean there’s no concern, it does mean that the American government does not view it as a threat to citizens residing in Morocco. Unless there are any cases that appear in Morocco, I don’t expect this to change.
It’s also good to keep in mind just how far away this virus is from Morocco. Conkary to Casablanca is nearly 1800 miles and the Sahara desert sits in the middle. Personally, I am not worried for my family but we do keep up to date on what is happening and if the virus is progressing.
My advice? Don’t let this stop you from visiting Morocco!