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Ebola Virus Disease Travel Health Notice

Since the first Ebola case happened in march 2014 in West Africa, the epidemic has not yet been under control. Plus, the United States has recently found out their first Ebola case from a Liberian tourist. Because an effective vaccine has not been developed and the death rate is high, it is advised not to visit areas with Ebola outbreaks. If traveling to the epidemic areas is necessary, personal health precautions should be implemented and contacting with Ebola patients or visiting hospitals should be avoided .

The transmission of the virus from person to person is through direct contact to the infected persons or corpses’ blood, body fluids, organs, semen; or indirect contact to the environment which is contaminated with the infected persons’ body fluid. Ebola’s early symptoms are high fever, severe fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, etc., followed by vomiting, diarrhea, maculopapular rash and bleeding. Critical cases often develop severe liver damage, kidney failure, central nervous system damage, shock complicated by multiple organ failure. The mortality rate can be as high as 90 percent.

The incubation period of Ebola virus can be up to 21 days. To all the school staff and students who recently return from the epidemic area, please make sure to complete the self-monitoring protocol for 21 days. Body temperature should be checked every morning and evening and recorded, as well as your daily activities. If you experience fever (≧ 38 ℃), muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, maculopapular rash, bleeding and other symptoms, wear a surgical mask immediately, inform Health Services Division at 51199(or 03-5731906) and call the toll-free hotline 1922 (or 0800-001922) for help and medical assistance. Inform the doctor about your travel history and history of contact with other people.

Division of Health Services