Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea


Level 3

Avoid non-essential travel

Updated: October 10, 2014

Travel health notice

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to stop the spread. The majority of Sierra Leone has been affected by this outbreak. 

Ongoing outbreaks are also occuring in Liberia and Sierra Leone and additional cases in these countries can be expected. There have been a small number of confirmed and suspected cases and deaths associated with this outbreak reported in Nigeria and travel related cases in Senegal and the United States. Unrelated confirmed cases and deaths have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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 to protect Canadian travellers and make it easier for health officials in this country to dedicate their resources towards controlling the outbreak. The risk of infection is low for most travellers, however the risk may be increased for those who are working in a health care setting or for travellers who require medical care in affected areas as most human infections result from direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected patient. There may also be difficulties accessing health care services due to increasingly burdened health care system.

For the latest updates on Ebola virus disease, including the total number of case and deaths, please visit the World Health Organization’s Global Alert and Response website.  

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. 

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

Ebola virus disease is a rare, severe and sometimes fatal viral disease. The virus can infect both humans and animals. When infected, people can get very sick, with fever, intense weakness, headache, sore throat and pains, and may bleed from different parts of the body (i.e., haemorrhage).

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.

Recommendations

To prevent transmission of Ebola

  1. Avoid non-essential travel to Guinea.
  2. If you must travel to Guinea: 
    a. Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before your departure.
    b. Protect yourself by following the recommendations below.

     c. Check your travel health insurance plan and ensure you are fully covered. Consider contacting your travel health insurance provider to inquire
         about options for emergency medical evacuation if you become ill.  

Travelling home to Canada

After you return to Canada

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