Ebola Virus and Travel

Most astute travellers want to make themselves aware of what potential medical dangers they may be exposed to during their travels. When they have this knowledge they can then take the necessary steps to protect themselves through travel medicine and vaccinations. For those who are travelling to countries where there is a risk of contracting Ebola, as of yet there is no approved vaccination.

The best precaution for a traveler to take is to know which countries are presently posing the greatest risk of contracting Ebola. There are many resources online that are putting out travel notices and these can be used as a great travel guide. Some will actually tell you what countries you should omit for your travels, and list other countries where travel may be okay, but extra precautionary measures must be taken.

For those who simply cannot avoid travel to countries that are dealing with the Ebola virus it is not enough to just glean information from the internet. These individuals need to rely on expert advice. The best sources for this are professionals who dedicate their services in respect to travel medicine. These are the experts that can offer the best preventative advice. They can tell the potentially at risk traveller how to avoid compromising their health while in a particular country. They can suggest guidelines to follow and thoroughly educate them as to specific symptoms to be alert for, and what to do should they display these symptoms. These professionals also know who are the best contacts, within the country at risk should there be any concerns.

It is also important for travellers who are in the position of having to travel to countries that are under alert for the Ebola virus to go through a medical assessment. This way they are assured that because of a present medical condition they may have that they are not putting themselves at a greater risk.

The Ebola virus has such potentially devastating symptoms and bleak outcome to it that it is imperative that the traveler rely only on sources of medical information that is validated and credible. Armed with the right information means that the traveling individual stands a much better chance of not contracting the virus or returning home with it which could lead to the infection of others.

Ebola is a highly infection virus that is easily transmitted from one person to another. This virus has the ability to on average to kill anywhere between 60% to 90% of the people it infects. It can create internal bleeding as well as shock and can lead to death. It damages human blood vessels. To date there is no successful treatment or vaccine for the Ebola virus. While there have been outbreaks of this virus in the past, they have been contained, however the 2014 Ebola outbreak is becoming a serious medical issue as it is a larger outbreak that is spreading further.

UPDATE: Dr. Alla Kirsch Interviewed by The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio regarding travel and the Ebola virus.

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