31 Jul

West Africa - Ebola Virus

Whilst there is heightened media coverage regarding the outbreak, Public Health England (PHE) and NaTHNaC advise that to date there has never been an imported case of Ebola reported in the UK and the risk to most travellers to affected countries in West Africa is considered very low.

The highest risks of infection are associated with caring for infected patients, particularly in hospital settings, unprotected exposure to contaminated bodily fluids, and unsafe medical procedures, including exposure to contaminated medical devices, such as needles and syringes.

Travellers who have been potentially exposed to Ebola virus should seek medical attention immediately if they experience any symptoms consistent with Ebola within the first 21 days of return to the UK.

For further information please refer to the PHE fact sheet.