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Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa (Update)

26 May 2014

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) is not yet over in Guinea. As of May 23, 2014, 8 new cases and 3 new deaths have been reported. Three cases were from a newly affected district, Telimele, 160 miles from Conakry. Two previously affected areas reported the other cases and deaths; Gueckedou (2 cases) and Macenta (3 cases and 3 deaths).

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the total number of cases of EVD is 258, including 174 deaths.

The situation remains stable in Liberia and Sierra Leone with no new cases being reported; surveillance activities are on-going.

Advice for Travellers

The risk of travellers becoming infected or developing Ebola haemorrhagic fever is extremely low, unless there has been direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of dead or living infected persons or animals. Healthcare workers are at particular risk, although practising appropriate infection control should effectively prevent transmission of disease in this setting.

Travellers returning from tropical countries should always seek rapid medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms (such as fever, headache, diarrhoea or general malaise) within three weeks after return, and be reminded to mention to their health care provider that they have recently travelled.

Further information on Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers.