- Ebola is a rare but serious illness that can cause death.
- If you are travelling to a place where there is an outbreak of the Ebola disease, be aware of the risk in that area and know how to reduce your risk of becoming infected.
- Ebola is spread through direct contact with infected body fluids through broken skin or mucous membranes (such as the mouth or eyes).
- People most at risk are those who care for people with Ebola or those who handle their blood and body fluid.
- Signs and symptoms appear between 2 and 21 days after exposure to the virus (most commonly between days 8 and 10). People with Ebola are not infectious until symptoms appear.
- There are no approved vaccines available in New Zealand.
If you become unwell (with fever, chills, headache, muscle or joint aches, sore throat or weakness) seek emergency help in the country you are in.