SE Ebola outbreak update

Ten days to run before the formal declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak and challenges persist around community reporting, surveillance activities and unsafe burials, according to the WHO regional bulletin. More than 10,800 people have been vaccinated in Guinea and another 468 in neighbouring areas of Sierra Leone. Regarding Ebola vaccines, after granting prequalification to the J&J 2-dose vaccine regimen in April, the WHO has given it formal approval as per SAGE recommendations. The company states that it is ‘focused on securing national registrations for the vaccine in Ebola-affected countries in Africa’. 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.