Global situation update

  • On 9 June the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia.
  • This announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia tested negative for the disease.
  • Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly and contained before spreading.
  • Sierra Leone declared the end of Ebola human-to-human transmission on 17 March 2016 and Guinea on 1 June 2016.
  • WHO cautions that the 3 countries must remain vigilant for new infections. The risk of additional outbreaks from exposure to infected body fluids of survivors remains.
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: Friday 10 June 2016