Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed an Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks have a case fatality of up to 90%. EVD is one of the most dangerous diseases with no known vaccine or cure. It is mostly transmitted through close personal contact and exposure to bodily fluids and secretions of an infected person. The countries affected in this outbreak currently include Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Expatriates on assignment in this region should be aware of preventive measures they may take as well as the signs and symptoms of illness. Awareness is an important protective measure. Some key resources and organizations are provided below.