URGENT PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT - Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak (EVD) in West Africa (15 August 2014)

Current situation
• The largest EVD outbreak ever reported is continuing in West Africa, with cases reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.
• In the unlikely event of a case travelling to Australia, the risk of infection to others remains low unless there is direct exposure to the body fluids or secretions of an infected person.

Key points
• EVD is transmitted via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (breast milk, saliva, semen, stool, sweat, urine) of infected people.
• Consider EVD in patients with FEVER and travel history in an affected country (see map over page) within 21days prior to symptom onset.
• Immediately implement standard and transmission based contact and droplet precautions.
• Immediately notify your local public health unit for advice.

 

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