The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is in West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and the overall risk assessment for the Caribbean region remains low. Continued monitoring of the situation will be conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The level of risk may change as new information becomes available.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is one of numerous viral hemorrhagic fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically.
An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa was first reported in March 2014. The outbreak continues and is the largest outbreak of EVD ever reported. As of 04 August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports a cumulative number of 1,711 cases and 932 deaths, resulting in a case fatality rate of 54%. Read more. . .
The public health risk posed by Ebola virus disease (EVD) to the Caribbean region, and its people, is considered low based on available information at this time. Continued monitoring of the situation will be conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to guide effective control measures. The level of risk may change as new information becomes available. Read more....
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Regular WHO updates
Regular US CDC updates
Regular PHE updates
Updated maps of areas affected (US CDC)
September 11, 2014
CARPHA Statement on the Ebola Virus Disease
CARPHA Media Conference on the Ebola Virus Disease
August 8th, 2014
WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
August 6th, 2014
Risk of Ebola in the Caribbean "Low" says CARPHA, but Preparation Needed
Interim infection prevention and control guidance for care of patients with suspected or confirmed Filovirus Haemorrhagic Fever in health-care settings, with focus on Ebola