Precautionary Measures for Tourists Travelling To Ebola Affected Countries

Ebola Virus was first identified in 1976 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known as Zaire). It has struck again and this time most West African nations are affected by the virus. 1000s have already contracted Ebola is Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and a few cases in Spain and in the United States have also been reported.

A nurse treating two Ebola patients in Spain has contracted the virus and is under treatment. The virus spreads through bodily fluids. It causes internal and external bleeding, vomiting, and  diarrhea. There are no immediate reports to proof that it spreads through air. But precautionary measures are mandatory when meeting or treating an Ebola patient.

People treating the patients and the ones meeting them are at the highest risk of the disease. Recently a level 3 notice has been issued asking the travellers to avoid nonessential travel to the Ebola affected countries.

One news item published on Global News, gives out some shocking figures on number cases and deaths the epidemic has caused so far.

Country Cases Deaths
Liberia 3696 1998
Guinea 1157 710
Sierra Leone 2304 622
Nigeria 20 1
Senegal 1

Precautionary Measures

  • Wear gloves, avoid direct contact with affected people.
  • If in doubt while visiting any place or meeting any person, wear Protective Ebola Suit that covers entire body from head to toe including eyes.
  • Cleaning up clinical items used for treatment can be risky and therefore should be incinerated.
  • Men infected with the virus should avoid sex for a period of 3 months as the virus can still be found in semen even after complete treatment.

If you are travelling to or from any of the affected countries, do take take precautionary measures to ensure a safe and healthy travel.

Source: Global News, BBC

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