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Published On: Wed, Mar 26th, 2014

CDC issues travel notice for Guinea due to Ebola outbreak

The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea includes 86 suspected cases and 62 deaths, as of Mar. 26, according to the World Health Organization.

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Eleven of the reported cases have been confirmed by Institut Pasteur Lyon, France, Institut Pasteur (IP) Dakar, Senegal and Bernhard-Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine Hamburg, Germany using PCR test.

In addition, cases in neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone are still under investigation (Liberian media reports Ebola has been confirmed).

This has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a notice for travelers to the region. The US federal health agency is advising travelers to practice enhanced precautions in that area of west Africa.

Although the CDC says the risk to travelers is low, they recommend that travelers to these areas avoid contact with blood and body fluids of infected people to protect themselves.

Specifically:

There is no vaccine for Ebola and no specific treatment. Although travelers are at low risk for the disease, it is important to take steps to prevent Ebola.

  • Practice careful hygiene. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of infected people. Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Avoid contact with animals.
  • Seek medical care if you develop fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, or red eyes.
  • Health care workers who may be exposed to people with the disease should follow these steps:

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