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Ebola Status in West Africa

17.09.2014  16:15
There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Burkina Faso or in any other country covered by this Embassy (Niger, Benin, Central African Republic, Cameroun, Chad or Gabon).

The Embassy is closely following the situation on the Ebola-outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen and relevant authorities in Burkina Faso.

For specific information and travel advice relating to these Ebola affected countries, please refer to the Danish Embassy in Accra.

There are confirmed cases of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria (for Nigeria, please refer to the Danish Embassy in Nigeria).

A Few Facts on Ebola (from WHO) :

  • The incubation period of Ebola virus disease (EVD) varies from 2 to 21 days. Person-to-person transmission by means of direct contact with infected persons or their body fluids/secretions is considered the principal mode of transmission. No transmission has been reported without this direct contact. Airborne transmission has not been documented during previous EVD outbreaks.

  • There is no risk of transmission during the incubation period and only low risk of transmission in the early phase of symptomatic patients.

  • Infection is by contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person or an animal infected or by contact with contaminated objects.

  • Symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and in some cases, bleeding.

  • Persons who come into direct contact with body fluids of an infected person or animal are at risk.

In Ebola-affected areas, please:

  • Practice careful hygiene.

  • Avoid all contact with blood and body fluids of infected people or animals. Avoid eating bush meat or bats and stay away from dead animals (contact nearest vet or health facility).

  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.

Useful and relevant links to keep you updated on the Ebola-situation:

  • Register your stay on the ‘List of Danes’ ((Danskerlisten), when you live or travel in any West African country. It is voluntary to register but can be very useful as it gives the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy the possibility to contact you in a crisis situation. Please also remember to register your departure, when you leave.
  • Travel advice of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel advice are only in Danish): Travel Advice from Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs