Bhutanese re­quested to re­frain from trav­el­ling to Ebola af­fected ar­eas

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With ef­fect from 8th Au­gust, 2014, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) had de­clared Ebola Out­break in West Africa a Public Health Emer­gency of In­ter­na­tional Con­cern (PHEIC) and had is­sued the mem­ber states Tem­po­rary Rec­om­men­da­tion un­der in­ter­na­tional Health Reg­u­la­tion (2005) to re­duce the In­ter­na­tional spread of Ebola.

Ac­cord­ing to the Up­dated Travel No­tice (Ebola Virus Dis­ease) is­sued by the Depart­ment of Public Health, Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan, MoH, states that to re­duce the risk of ex­po­sure to Ebola and the depart­ment strongly ad­vice Bhutanese to con­sider post­pon­ing non-es­sen­tial travel to the af­fected ar­eas.

The sta­tus of the Ebola out­break in Western Africa as of 8th au­gust 2014, the no­tice states that, the cur­rent EVD out­break be­gan in Guinea in De­cem­ber 2013. This out­break now in­volves trans­mis­sion in Guinea, Liberia, Nige­ria, and Sierra Leona.

As of 4 Au­gust 2014, coun­tries have re­ported 1711cases (1070 con- firmed, 436 prob­a­ble, 205 sus­pect), in­clud­ing 932 deaths. This is cur­rently the largest EVD out­break ever recorded. In re­sponse to the out­break, a num­ber of un­af­fected coun­tries have made a range of travel re­lated ad­vice or rec­om­men­da­tion, the no­tice states.

Mean­while the Depart­ment of Public Health ad­vice to the gen­eral public to fol­low the gen­eral health pre­cau­tion. For in­stance; prac­tic­ing of fre­quent hand wash­ing of grim and dirt; avoid di­rect con­tact with blood, se­cre­tions or other body flu­ids of in­fected liv­ing or dead per­sons or an­i­mals; avoid­ing con­tam­i­nated en­vi­ron­ments with in­fec­tious flu­ids such as soiled cloth­ing, bed linen or used nee­dles; avoid­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing in burial cer­e­monies which re­quire di­rect con­tact with the body of a de­ceased in­fected per­son.

The depart­ment also fur­ther no­ti­fied to fol­low the pre­cau­tion that avoid di­rect con­tact with the body of a de­ceased in­fected per­son when par­tic­i­pat­ing in burial cer­e­monies; avoid­ing of con­tact with wild an­i­mals, in­clud­ing bats, mon­keys, apes, chim­pan- zee and go­ril­las, whether alive or dead; avoid­ing of con­sump­tion of raw or un­cooked meat of wild an­i­mals; re­turn­ing trav­el­ers from af­fected ar­eas or trav­el­ers who sus­pect that they have been ex­posed to Ebola, should seek im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion and re­turn­ing trav­el­ers from af­fected ar­eas or trav­el­ers who sus­pect that they have been ex­posed to Ebola who de­velop any dis­ease symp­toms while trav­el­ing in or within three weeks of be­ing in any of the area must men­tion their re­cent travel to the at­tend­ing physi­cian.

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