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Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus

Outbreaks of Ebola occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo ('DRC'), often in remote areas. On 11 June 2019, the Ugandan government also confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda, originating in the neighbouring DRC.

Travellers to the DRC and Uganda should consult a travel medicine clinic or medical practitioner 4 to 8 weeks before the journey to determine the need for any vaccinations and antimalarial medication. Travellers in the affected areas should avoid exposure to Ebola virus and practice good hygiene. 

To minimise risk of infection, travellers in the affected areas should avoid contact with:

  • Blood or body fluids (e.g. vomit, urine, faeces and saliva);
  • Persons or dead bodies suspected to be infected;
  • Wild infected animals, alive or dead, or their raw or undercooked meat; and
  • Used needles and used objects that may have been contaminated.

The latest updates can be found on the World Health Organization website. We encourage all New Zealanders living or travelling offshore to register with SafeTravel.


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