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Ebola outbreak information

16 January 2015

Ebola guidance update, 2016

Since this news item was first published the situation has changed substantially. The World Health Organization declared the end of the most recent outbreaks in West Africa at the beginning of 2016 but advises that further flare-ups are likely and so vigilance needs to be maintained. The risk to the general UK population is still considered to be extremely low by the UK Government. Fieldwork or travel risk assessments must still consider the latest advice on foreign travel.


Ebola guidance

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the current Ebola outbreak an International Public Health Emergency and has produced information which is being updated regularly. Guidance (PDF, 324 kb) has been compiled for members of the University by the Occupational Health Service which also provides useful links for obtaining the latest information.

This guidance has been updated since it was first released:

  • Version 1.0 (August 2014) - original document based on WHO and FCO advice.
  • Version 2.0 (October 2014) - updated based on PHE guidance to Universities.
  • Version 3.0 (December 2014) - added links to advice for first responders (also see below), updates to other links and FCO advice.
  • Version 4.0 (January 2015) - added a section for and about University members volunteering to assist charities with the crisis in West Africa

Advice and risk assessment for first responders

Specific advice for first responders (PDF, 306 kb) has also been produced to reassure members of the University who may be responding to people who are unwell:

  • Version 1.0 (December 2014) - original document based on Public Health England guidance for Universities.
  • Version 1.1 (January 2015) - revised to indicate the processes in place for University members volunteering to assist charities with the crisis in West Africa. The risk assessment and procedures were unchanged.

Further information

Please contact Occupational Health Service for further information.