Global situation update

  • 29 March 2016: the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola situation in West Africa no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and the temporary recommendations adopted in response should now be terminated.
  • As the Ebola virus likely persists in the eco-system, WHO reinforced that the affected countries must maintain the capacity and readiness to prevent, detect and respond to Ebola clusters in the future.
WHO Ebola situation reports

Info for General Practice

  • GPs need to remain alert to the possibility of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in sick travellers.
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NSW situation update

  • NSW Health is well-prepared to identify and respond to any suspected cases of EVD and prevent transmission should a case occur.
  • NSW Contingency Plan for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (GL2016_002) provides guidance to ensure EVD potential cases can be safely tested and treated, and outbreaks prevented.

Info for Hospitals

  • Local Health Districts ensure that their hospitals are prepared for patients who may have Ebola.
  •  NSW emergency departments are preparing for EVD cases and conducting additional training in personal protective equipment.
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Information for the Community and Travellers

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious infection that is spread through direct contact with people who are sick with the infection, or with their blood or other body fluids, or with infected animals.
  • At present there is no EVD in Australia, so there is no risk of catching the infection here.
  • People who travel in affected countries in West Africa need to minimise their risk of exposure to the Ebola virus.
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Info for Public Health Units

  • NSW Health has trained surveillance officers in public health units across the state.
  • If a case of EVD is found in NSW surveillance officers will identify all those they have had contact with, provide information about EVD symptoms, and monitor them during the 21-day incubation period to prevent any spread of infection.
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Info for laboratories

  • The Institute for Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR) at Westmead Hospital has a high containment (PC4) laboratory equipped to test patients suspected to have EVD .
  • National Public Health Laboratory Network guidelines are available to advise on the conduct of EVD testing.
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Page Updated: Tuesday 5 April 2016