Wednesday 22 October 2014

Ebola exposure risk here 'very low' despite deaths

Published 15/08/2014 | 02:30

A UNICEF worker holds a poster bearing information about best practices to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in Conakry, Guinea. Reuters / UNICEF
A UNICEF worker holds a poster bearing information about best practices to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in Conakry, Guinea. Reuters / UNICEF

PEOPLE returning to Ireland from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone where there are outbreaks of Ebola are at extremely low risk of being exposed to the virus, according to the latest advice.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said, however, that if they develop fever, unexplained fatigue, diarrhoea or any other severe symptoms they should seek urgent medical attention, mentioning their travel history.

The virus has now killed more than 1,000 people, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised against all non-essential travel to affected areas.

Dr Graham Fry, medical director of the Tropical Medical Bureau in Dublin said: "The virus is an infectious and frequently fatal disease marked by fever, vomiting and severe internal and external bleeding. These symptoms are caused when the virus attacks the cell walls in our vital organs.

"It is spread through contact with infected body fluids."

Irish Independent

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