The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued an advisory concerning the Ebola Virus Disease following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) reports on cases of Ebola in some Western and Central African countries (i.e., Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo). To reduce the risk of exposure to Ebola, Singaporeans should consider postponing non-essential travel to the affected areas.
Singaporeans who must travel to the affected areas are advised to maintain vigilance and monitor local developments through the media and their local contacts, observe measures recommended by local health authorities, and adopt the following general health precautions when overseas:
- Practise frequent hand washing (e.g. after going to toilet, or when hands are soiled); when soap and running water are unavailable, an alcohol-based hand rub can be used instead. The virus is not hardy and can be easily destroyed by such disinfectants;
- Avoid direct contact with blood, secretions or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animals, as well as environments that have become contaminated with these infectious fluids such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles;
- Avoid participating in burial ceremonies which require direct contact with the body of a deceased infected person;
- Avoid contact with wild animals, including bats, monkeys, apes, chimpanzee and gorillas, whether alive or dead, including their raw or undercooked meat;
- Returning travellers from affected areas or travellers who suspect that they have been exposed to Ebola virus should seek immediate medical attention and mention their recent travel to the attending physician if they develop any disease symptoms (sudden onset of high fever, stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, rash or bleeding) while travelling in or within 3 weeks of being in any of the affected areas;
- If you have the above symptoms, you should not engage in international travel until you are well. If you suspect you have had prior contact with Ebola patients, you should not travel until 21 days or more after the last exposure.
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Singaporeans travelling to the affected areas should eRegister with MFA at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ to facilitate contact in the event of an emergency. They should also ensure that they have comprehensive insurance coverage should they decide to travel. Singaporeans who require consular assistance can contact the 24hr MFA Duty Office or our Overseas Mission in South Africa at:
High Commission of the Republic of Singapore – South Africa
Address: 980-982 Francis Baard Street (formerly Schoeman Street)
Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (12) 430 6035, 430 6498, 430 7163, 430 7505
Telefax: +27 (12) 342 4425