The Ebola Outbreak and Your Travels

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The recent Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea has received a lot of media attention of late and for very good reason, Ebola is an extremely deadly disease and has no known vaccine or defined treatment method. As the world is becoming more and more international and borders for travel begin to fall it is important that we all exercise a duty of care for our friends, family and others during and after travelling. We all have a responsibility to keep Ebola to a minimum, as well as other diseases. This Ebola crisis has caused many organisations to seek an effective method of treatment and one simple way you can help to contribute is to donate to the Ebola crisis through charity organisations such as UNICEF.

Understanding the Symptoms

Understanding the symptoms of Ebola and other diseases that are a risk in the country that you are visiting is extremely important, you need to make it a priority to learn some basic symptoms of diseases so that you can seek medical attention if necessary. One of the most dangerous things about Ebola is that the initial symptoms are things such as headaches, sore throat and muscle weakness, and these symptoms are very similar to influenza and other illnesses, and can cause a high risk of misdiagnosis.

Avoiding Ebola

Until more is known about how to treat the Ebola virus the best way to avoid the disease is to avoid areas where the outbreak has occurred, this is not to say that these areas should be avoided forever, but until the epidemic in these countries is controlled, or better diagnosis and treatment is developed it is best to avoid these countries if possible.

Be aware of other people that may have travelled to affected areas, you need to be aware of the fact that you will come into contact with others on your travels that may have been to one of the affected areas and this applies not only to Ebola and is a great general rule. A good example of this is letting quarantine and customs know that you have been to a place such as South America, which poses many risks due to the various tropical diseases. In the same way it is important to let people know where you have been, so that