Bhutanese requested to refrain from travelling to Ebola affected areas
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.