Regional Ebola precautions, latest report

Ebola virus disease vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers has already started in Uganda and they are planned for Rwanda and South Sudan as, according to the WHO, they are “at very high risk” of importation of Ebola from the DRC’s north-east. According to the Ebola dashboard, the number of confirmed or probable Ebola cases in North Kivu and Ituri provinces has risen to 542, there have been 319 deaths and 96 people are currently under observation. Read the Dec 18 WHO Situation Report here. 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.