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End of Ebola Virus Transmission in Liberia

09 Jun 2016

Today the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in Liberia. Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for a second time.

Liberia has now entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified before they can spread to other people.

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.