SEOUL, South Korea – Korean Air Lines Co. is suspending flights to and from Kenya in what it says is a measure to prevent the spread of Ebola.

The South Korean flag carrier said Thursday it will stop operating flights between Incheon and Nairobi from Aug. 20.

The carrier flies to Nairobi, which is its only destination in Africa, three times a week and did not say when it would resume its service.

Korean Air said the suspension of flights would help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people and sickened nearly 2,000 in its current West African outbreak that has also hit Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.