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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The most recent figures state that there have been 1,711 reported cases, 932 of which have been fatal.

The WHO has made extensive recommendations to governments of countries affected by the virus, in order to manage the situation. Liberia and Sierra Leone have both declared national states of emergency and between them have quarantined three cities (Gbakedou in the former; Kailahun and Kenema in the latter).

Advice for Chase Templeton Clients

If you have international health insurance or travel insurance arranged through us, you should be aware that:

All Non-Essential Travel Should be Avoided

As a result of the outbreak all travel to West Africa, whether for business or leisure, has been heavily advised against. If travel cannot be postponed, all areas known to be affected by the Ebola virus should be avoided at all costs.

Repatriation from Affected Countries is Not Always Guaranteed

Cases of repatriation that have been reported on the news should not be perceived as standard practice. For example, British nurse William Pooley contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone, and was flown back to the UK for treatment – but this should be considered an exceptional case.

If you go to an affected country and contract Ebola, there is no guarantee that you will be flown home for treatment.

Expats Living in Affected Countries Should Leave Temporarily

If you are an expatriate usually living in an affected country, and your presence there is not essential, you should leave the country temporarily in order to ensure that you do not catch the virus.

Similarly, if you are an expatriate usually living in an affected country but are currently abroad, you should postpone your return for the time being.

Preventative Measures

Those who have no choice but to travel to affected countries should take the following measures:

  • No physical contact with anyone
  • Frequent hand-washing
  • No contact with or consumption of bush meat
  • Avoidance of sick people for whom Ebola is a potential diagnosis

More Information

For more information on travel advice please visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. For the latest information on the outbreak please visit the World Health Organisation website.

If you need to know more about the actions recommended, get in touch with us by phone on 01254 504910, or submit an enquiry.