Travel Advisory - Ebola outbreak updates

 

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bikoro, Equateur Province.  The affected locality, is situated in the north-west part of the country.  

This is the 9th outbreak in this area since the virus was discovered in 1976.  The government of Democratic Republic of the Congo has responded swiftly and is collaborating with the UN system and partners to respond to the outbreak.

Based on currently available information, UN Medical Services Division does not recommend any restriction of travel and trade to DRC.  Should this information change and the risk increase, UN personnel and HR offices will be notified accordingly.  

The Kenya Government announced that airport thermal screening will be done for incoming passengers from the DRC. JMS advises staff members with missions into and out of the affected Province in the DRC to contact us in advance for important medical briefing and clearance procedures.

For more information please refer to WHO’s Ebola page at http://www.who.int/ebola/en/, as well as consult WHO’s fact sheet on Ebola, available at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/faq-ebola/en/

The prevention of Ebola HF presents many challenges. Because it is still unknown how exactly people are infected with Ebola HF, there are few established primary prevention measures.

Persons at high risk are those who have close contact with infected or deceased individuals. This includes Health Care Workers, family members, close contacts, and those persons who handled the remains.

Protective measures include:

  • Wearing of protective clothing (such as masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles)
  • The use of infection-control measures (such as complete equipment sterilization and routine use of disinfectant)
  • Isolation of Ebola HF patients from contact with unprotected persons.

The aim of all of these techniques is to avoid contact with the blood or secretions of an infected individual. If an individual with Ebola HF dies, it is equally important that direct contact with the body of the deceased be prevented.
At this point in time FAO Medical Services advises employees working in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to:

  • Avoid travel to specific locations where there are confirmed cases
  • If you are in the area and are ill with fever accompanied by vomiting and or bloody diarrhoea, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Wash hands frequently and maintain a clean and hygienic environment
  • Avoid contact or consuming animal game
  • Avoid crowded events and funerals.
  • Stay informed. Be aware of recommendations made by the local health authorities.