Global situation

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare, severe and often fatal illness that occurs almost exclusively in some countries in east, central and west Africa.
  • An outbreak of EVD was reported from west Africa in 2014 mainly affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Follow the link for more information on this outbreak.
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Info for General Practice

  • GPs need to remain alert to the possibility of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in sick travellers.
  • Consider EVD in patients who report fever AND a history of travel to Guinea or Sierra Leone within 21 days of illness onset OR contact with a known EVD case.
  • Note that travel to Liberia is not currently considered a significant risk for Ebola infection.
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NSW EVD Preparedness

  • NSW Health is well-prepared to identify and respond to any suspected cases of EVD and prevent transmission should a case occur.
  • NSW Health has developed a Contingency Plan to ensure potential cases can be treated and outbreaks prevented.
  • Systems are in place to ensure NSW Health is notified immediately if anyone entering Australia from affected countries shows symptoms of EVD.
  • Travellers returning from affected countries are assessed on their arrival into NSW and then monitored for 21 days from their departure date.

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: Wednesday 6 July 2016