Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea


Level 3

Avoid non-essential travel

Updated: July 17, 2015

Travel health notice

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to stop the spread.

The outbreak in Guinea has been ongoing since March 2014 and some areas continue to be affected. The Ministry of Health of Guinea is working with the World Health Organization and other partners to implement measures to control the outbreak and prevent further spread.

The outbreak continues in Sierra Leone and additional cases in this country can be expected. The outbreak in Liberia was officially declared to be over by the World Health Organization on May 9, 2015; however, on June 29, the country confirmed its first new case of Ebola.

For the total number of cases and deaths, please consult the WHO’s latest situation report.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel to Guinea due to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak. This recommendation is made to protect Canadian travellers and make it easier for health officials in this country to dedicate their resources towards controlling the outbreak.

If travel cannot be avoided, travellers should avoid all direct contact with a person or corpse infected with the Ebola virus or an animal suspected of having Ebola. Travellers from affected areas should immediately seek medical attention at the first sign of illness.

The risk of infection is low for most travellers, however the risk may be increased for those who are working in a healthcare setting or for travellers who require medical care in affected areas as most human infections result from direct contact with body fluids of an infected patient. There may also be difficulties accessing healthcare services due to an increasingly burdened health care system.

For more information on safety, security and border measures for the affected countries, visit Country Travel Advice and Advisories.

Ebola virus disease is a rare, severe and sometimes fatal viral disease that can infect both humans and animals.

Recommendations

To prevent transmission of Ebola

  1. Avoid non-essential travel to Guinea.
  2. If you must travel to Guinea: 

3. Travelling home to Canada

Before Departure

In Canada: 

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