Ebola virus in West Africa
Unless there is a compelling reason, it is recommended that all travel plans be suspended in countries where cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever are known (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria).
The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans,initially, from wild animals especially through bats or monkeys. The handling or consumption of meat from these infected animals allows the transmission of Ebola virus to humans.
Human-to-human transmission is also possible through close contact with people infected (no possible transmission in the air) through blood, secretions or biological fluids.
The first symptoms may appear between 2 and 21 days (average of 8 days) after contamination. Symptoms include flu-like fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting.
We recommend that you postpone all travel to countries that have experienced contagion in recent months.
To date, there is no treatment for the virus. A vaccine is being tested but there is no certainty as to its effectiveness.
When you are abroad,be sure to have international health insurance including repatriation coverage,in case of a glitch.
To keep track of the epidemic, please visit the World HealthOrganization and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country of residence.