Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal, infectious disease caused by the Ebola virus. It was first recognised in 1976 and has caused sporadic outbreaks since in several African countries.

Current recommendations for assessing acutely ill travellers from ebola virus disease endemic areas are to:

  • conduct a risk assessment,
  • place the patient in a private room with a bathroom until the risk assessment is completed and,
  • follow infection control protocols, diagnostic and treatment procedures based on symptom presentation.

Advice on international travel is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Last updated: 22 August 2018