This webpage promotes an understanding of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and provides updates on control and prevention activities. We will monitor and source information from links to the sites of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Department of National Health (DOH) and National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.
The webpage includes recent media reports on EVD, including articles and interviews by UCT medical staff; a FAQ sheet and Ebola Health Worker & School Factsheet to help you and your family remain informed about the disease; and EVD updates, which will be added as they become available.
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UCT academic's experiences of travel in Africa highlights sensible government response to Ebola on continent
"I travel frequently throughout East and Southern Africa and I can assure you that every airport I have been to, from the busiest to the more remote, is on high alert for ebola. Passengers entering or transiting through airports are screened as they come off flights. In most cases, this includes taking passengers’ temperatures and requiring the completion of ‘health data’ forms which require passengers to fill out flight numbers, travel destinations, contact with suspected ebola patients and any physical symptoms that are associated with ebola. I have seen people taken aside for further examination and questioning during this process. It is also worth noting that most of the countries that I have recently travelled to require a period of quarantine if you arrive from – or have recently travelled to – a high risk country or destination. More locally, the SA Department of Health is doing an admirable job of providing non-sensationalised public health messages about ebola, not to mention the screening of passengers at JHB airport, which I believe is the port of entry for the majority of flights entering from other parts of the region.”
- comment received from UCT academic Prof Lillian Artz on her traveling in Africa during this time.
Sierra Leone: Ebola Burial Team
"The people of Freetown are banding together to fight this terrible disease, taking great personal risks for the good of their communities". Video courtesy of Ebola Deeply.
Ebola Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists that explores a new model of storytelling around a global crisis.
SAfm'sEnviro Show interviews Diana Hardie, UCT clinical virologist & NHLS head of diagnostic virology laboratory on what is currently occurring regarding the Ebola virus outbreak.