African countries not recommended for traveling through Ebola

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Since the two sick missionaries of Ebola they were transferred to Spain after having infected the virus, fear and hysteria have occupied our country, especially since nurse Teresa Romero caught the disease. Of course, before these cases came to light, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already advised against traveling to several African countries unless they were cases of extreme necessity.

Nowadays, in addition to this measure, it is also advised not to travel to certain countries under no circumstance. Do you want to know which territories we are talking about? Well join us!

Do not travel under any circumstances

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation recommends not traveling under any circumstances to two African countries: Liberia and Sierra Leone. In both cases, the recommendation has no binding effect and only serves with notice or advice. Of course, the State will not be responsible in case of damages that may be caused to people or property. Keep in mind that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 9,000 people have already been infected with Ebola. The most worrying thing is that of these, 4,500 have died (most of the cases have been in these two countries), since there is no vaccine or any specific treatment for the disease. Furthermore, in Africa, patients do not receive retroviral treatments, nor immune plasmas, nor experimental sera.

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Do not travel except for reasons of extreme need

On the other hand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation recommends not to travel to Guinea Conakry, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo except for reasons of extreme need.

Transmission risk

Keep in mind that Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is transmitted through the Contact direct with the blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids of both infected people and animals, whether dead or alive. However, these are unlikely exposures in normal travelers, so the possibility of infection with the virus is "extremely low" according to the Ministry of Health. In the case of travelers visiting friends or family from the affected countries, the risk remains low, unless they are in direct physical contact with someone who is ill. In this case, the affected party must report their exposure and avoid spreading.

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Those with the highest risk of contagion are workers sanitary and the volunteers or aid workers who are in the affected areas. However, this group implements basic prevention measures against the virus with which the disease can be prevented.

Safety measures

If you have no other choice but to travel to affected areas, you must follow the different precautionary measures recommended by the government: avoid contact with blood or body fluids of infected people and animals, whether alive or dead; not have sex with people who are sick or who have recovered from Ebola for at least 7 weeks; avoid having contact with objects that have been contaminated with blood or body fluids; wash and peel fruits and vegetables before consuming them; scrupulously follow hand washing routines; and avoid bat habitats.

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Symptoms of the disease

If you have returned from any affected area and have any symptoms of the disease (fever, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash or bleeding) during the 21 days after your return, you should call 112 informing from your symptomatology and of your trip.

US Warns Against Traveling To Ebola-Hit Countries (February 2023)

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