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Ebola - Travel Advice

Published by Natasha Beaumont on 01/08/2014

I’m sure most of you have heard or read about the deadly virus, Ebola, which has engulfed a number of countries in West Africa, including Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Despite the fact that the Foreign Office has not restricted travel to any of the highly infected countries, it is our duty to our clients and Island residents to share the following information with you before you travel this summer.

With an increasing number of 1,323 confirmed probable and suspected cases and 729 deaths reported there is a growing concern for travellers across the world. With airports being one of the easiest locations to become infected, due to the size and large number of people passing through them every day, it is vital that we share as much information as we can with anyone travelling this summer, especially for those who may be going to West Africa where the epicentre of the virus resides.

Understanding that Ebola has been reported in the news as a highly infectious disease with the worst mortality rate of any virus ever known, it is vital that you practice the following advice (courtesy of the Foreign Office) wherever you travel this summer to ensure your travel insurance covers you if the worst occurs. This is because as previously mentioned travelling abroad is one of the quickest ways to contract any form of illness, and without knowing how quickly it could spread and with no cure still not yet been found, it is much better to be safe than sorry:

  • Avoid contact with symptomatic patients and their bodily fluids
  • Avoid contact with corpses and/or bodily fluids from deceased patients.
  •  Avoid close contact with live or dead wild animals (including monkeys, forest antelopes, rodents and bats)
  • Avoid consumption of ‘bush meat’
  • Wash and peel fruits and vegetables before consumption
  • Practise safe sex
  • Follow strict hand washing routines

 

If you have any imminent travel plans, please allow yourself extra time to check in and undergo statutory security checks as there is a possibility you could be questioned about your travel itinerary to determine whether you may have been or are at a high risk of becoming infected. Please also be aware though that if the Foreign Office does advise against travelling to these countries, anyone who begins their travel after this is unlikely to be covered by their travel insurance if they were to contract the virus.

If you’re seeking a travel insurance policy to travel this summer and would like any further advice, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

 

 

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