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‘Postpone travel’ to Ebola-hit regions

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

‘Postpone travel’ to Ebola-hit regions

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THE MINISTRY of Health has advised residents of Barbados to postpone non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone indefinitely, or until the outbreak of the Ebola Virus has been deemed to be under control in those countries.
The Ministry notes that while there has been no ban on international trade or travel, it is also advising travellers to Nigeria to practise enhanced precautions. For example, if visiting an area where Ebola has been reported, seek information about the current situation before travelling.  Also, assemble a travel health kit, including a thermometer and a personal supply of surgical masks.
While overseas, visitors should practise a strict and frequent hand washing routine; avoid contact with blood and body fluids; avoid contact with animals and raw meat; and avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated.
On their return home, residents who have visited an area with an Ebola outbreak should monitor their health for up to 21 days and seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms. These include fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach ache, rash or red eyes.
They are also advised to inform their doctor about recent travel and symptoms before visiting the office or emergency room. This advanced notice will help the doctor to better care for the patient, as well as to protect other patients who may be in the office.
The Ministry notes that Ebola is only transmitted by touching the bodily fluids of someone who is sick or has died from the disease, or from exposure to contaminated objects. It is not transmitted through air, water or food. (BGIS)