Ebola outbreak

Ebola outbreak information for members of the Governing Body

Consistent with WHO guidelines, the ILO is taking precautionary measures in relation to the Ebola virus disease (EVD). These measures will be communicated to members of the Governing Body upon their arrival at the ILO. Members of the Governing Body are advised that the ILO is planning no medical screening upon their arrival for the session. Members who are feeling unwell prior to departure for Geneva are requested to cancel their attendance.

Travel constraints

The ILO invites you to consult the following link regarding travel restrictions, flight operations and screening: https://www.internationalsos.com/ebola/index.cfm?content_id=435&language_id=ENG

Members of the Governing Body are advised that this information is subject to change as the situation in relation to Ebola evolves. Although the ILO will make every effort to post updated information as it becomes available, members of the Governing Body are requested to keep themselves informed regarding travel constraints. They are also reminded that these constraints may affect both outward and return travel, and they are requested to plan accordingly.

About Ebola

Affected areas: Based on number of cases, the outbreak is most severe in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria. The latest figures and geographical location of EVD outbreak are available.
Further information about Ebola virus including typical symptoms and prevention is also available.

Staying safe

Here are some important facts to bear in mind about the ebola virus:
  • Human-to-human transmission of the virus occurs from direct contact with the secretions such as stool, urine, saliva or semen.
  • The risk of transmission of the Ebola virus is highest risk when caring for child or adult with an undiagnosed sickness, a recent onset of fever, a headache or sore throat, muscle weakness, vomiting or diarrhoea.
  • As is the case with many other illnesses with similar symptoms-such as malaria, the flu, meningitis, gastroenteritis or typhoid fever-an early diagnosis of EVD gives its treatment a better chance of success.

In order to minimise the risk of contamination of the EVD to yourselves or your families you should:
  • avoid contact with crowds and groups of strangers
  • avoid eating bush meat
  • avoid using public toilet and sharing towels
  • during funerals, avoid touching the body of the deceased person
  • request of all those with whom you live-children and other family members, domestic helpers-that they take the same precautions. This will reduce the risk of the EVD being inadvertently brought into you home; and
  • remember that personal hygiene and a clean home significant are your first line of defence against EVD. The virus is destroyed by washing with soap and water, use of alcohol-based gels and by common household cleaning agents such as bleach.

Further information