Prevention against ebola
Currently, there is no approved vaccine available to prevent ebola.
There have been occasional outbreaks in Africa for decades. Even after an outbreak ends, there can still be new people who get ebola for an unknown period of time.
Advice if you are travelling to a previously affected country
If you are visiting somewhere that has ebola or has had an outbreak in the past, make sure you avoid:
- visiting households or healthcare settings that have been affected by an ebola outbreak or case
- direct contact with blood and other body fluids of people with ebola, recently recovered from ebola, or infected with unknown illnesses
- direct contact with bodies of people who died of ebola or unknown illnesses
- unprotected sex with an infected person or a person recovering from ebola
- contact with any objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with blood or body fluids
- close contact with or handling of wild animals
- live or dead animals, as both can spread the virus — animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and fruit bats may be carriers
- handling raw or undercooked wild meat.
Maintain strict standards of hygiene. Healthcare workers should practice strict infection control measures and use personal protective equipment, like gowns, masks, goggles and gloves.
The Safe Travel website has more advice for travellers.