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Ebola in West Africa: Very low risk of infection for tourists, visitors or residents in affected areas, if elementary precautions followed

11 Jun 2014

​ECDC re-assesses the risk of introduction and transmission of Ebola virus to the EU associated with the evolving outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, following an unexpected surge in the number of new cases and the spread of the outbreak to previously unaffected areas in Guinea and Sierra Leone. 
 
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa with onset in early December 2013 in Guinea now involves three countries: Guinea, Liberia and most recently Sierra Leone. This is the first documented EVD outbreak in these countries.
 
For tourists, visitors or residents in affected areas, the risk of infection is still considered very low if elementary precautions are followed, such as avoiding contact with symptomatic patients or dead bodies and their bodily fluids, concludes the risk assessment.
 
Generic precautions for travelling in West African countries also apply for preventing infection with Ebola virus, e.g. avoiding close contacts with live or dead wild animals, washing and peeling fruit and vegetables before consumption, practising ‘safe sex’ and following hand-washing routines.

Rapid risk assessment: Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa

 

More information:


Ebola and Marburg fevers: Health topic pages
Ebola and Marburg fevers: Factsheet for health professionals

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