EVD outbreak in Guinea

23 February 2021

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in N'Zerekore prefecture on 14 February 2021, with seven cases identified, of which three have been confirmed and three people have died. This is the first time EVD has been reported in Guinea since the end of the 2014 to 2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak.

The WHO is supporting Guinea with surveillance, infection prevention and control of health facilities, local community engagement and EVD vaccine procurement.

Advice for travellers 

  • When EVD outbreaks occur, the risk of travellers becoming infected or developing the disease is extremely low.¬†
  • Travellers returning from an Ebola outbreak area should seek rapid medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, diarrhoea or general malaise, within 21 days after return. They should call NHS24 (Scotland), NHS111 (England and Wales) or contact their GP by telephone. While EVD is unlikely, the returning traveller should mention any potential exposure to the virus, including dates and itinerary of travel.

Further information and advice is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 15 February 2021