What is Ebola?

It displays itself with flu like symptoms, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea up to 10 days after contact with the virus. After 10-15 days, bleeding occurs through the mouth, nose and eyes. Some victims see blood seeping through the skin, which can result in painful blisters. The virus is usually transmitted via the urine of infected rats in situations of poor hygiene.

Who is at risk of Ebola fever?

Any traveller or person working in a medical situation in areas where Ebola fever has been reported. This includes Western Africa Zaire, Gabon and Uganda. Travellers to these areas should be aware of Government Travel advisories to such areas.

How can I prevent Ebola fever?

Travellers usually do not venture to areas where Ebola is a risk. However any traveller to an area where disease is spread due to poor hygiene, should take care with storing unused food in rat proof containers and ensure that accommodation is free from rodents by maintaining a suitable level of hygiene. Travellers should also contact their GP immediately at the first sign of fever on returning from a trip overseas.



Ebola virus disease – World Health Organisation (WHO) fact sheet

CDC resources page – with information about the 2014 Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak


Note: This information is designed to complement and not replace the relationship that exists with your existing family doctor or travel health professional.  Please discuss your travel health requirements with your regular family doctor or practice nurse.