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Equatorial Guinea's been gearing up to host this year's African Cup of Nations, which kicks off this Saturday...The small central African state stepped in when Morrocco pulled out as a host back in November over fears of bringing ebola across ...

This French medical team have been called in as extra support, alongside a team of Cuban and Egyptian doctors.Supporters arriving at Malabo airport are screened for Ebola symptoms...5. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CAF GENERAL SECRETARY, HICHAM EL AMRANI, SAYING:Equitorial Guinea is not rejecting anyone, not a sinlge supporter // but our procedures have to be respected. Even if we detect a higher temperature, at that moment there's a procedure that immediately comes into effect, involving isolation and transfer to hospital for complete testsMalabo's covered in banners reminding locals to be vigilent against the deadly virus.. but experts say the risk is low.SOUNDBITE 5 - Christiane Bruel, doctor, head of the French reinforcement mission of the WHO for the fight against Ebola:"someone would had to have been contact with an Ebola victim, and then gotten on the plane and then had the time to arrive without showing symptoms yet...so I think the chances are very low but that doesn't mean we should dismiss the possibility because in medicine, there can always be a case." DLS Equatorial Guinea lies some 3000 kms east of the crisis 's epicentre- in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea... where some 8,400 people have now died.The small African nation was the only one willing to step in when Morrocco's plea to postpone the tournament due to ebola fears, was rejected.At such short notice, preventing the virus isnt the only logistical challenge... The country co-hosted the cup of nations with gabon back in 2012, so already has some infrastructure in place...However with such little time, new host cities have basic stadiums and low hotel capacities. The president even paid for tickets for tens of thousands of poverty-stricken fans, to avoid empty arenas...
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