‘Cautious optimism’ over Equateur’s outbreak

While the last confirmed Ebola case was reported back on Sept 28, there remains concern over positive cases known to be in the community and other challenges relating to funding. Protests, at times violent, have paused response measures in some locations, however on Oct 17, the Congolese virologist who was a co-discoverer of the Ebola virus in 1976 tweeted that the situation is under control after 16 days with no new cases and no patients in treatment centres. Read more

Advice for travellers

Ebola virus disease is a severe viral haemorrhagic fever found in humans and other primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). It spreads through families and friends in close contact with blood and infectious secretions of people with obvious symptoms and, as such, presents a low risk to tourists to the affected countries. Read more about Ebola virus disease.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.