Ebola virus disease: information for humanitarian aid workers

Guidance to help minimise the risk of Ebola virus infection among humanitarian aid (and other) workers travelling to Ebola affected areas.


Ebola: information for humanitarian aid and other workers intending to work in Ebola affected countries in Africa

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Anyone planning to conduct humanitarian work in areas of Africa where outbreaks of Ebola virus disease are known to occur needs to be familiar with how Ebola virus is transmitted.

This leaflet recommends the precautions that humanitarian workers should take, and provides advice on what to do if you suspect an infection. It also explains actions that take place on your return to the UK.

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 18 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated in line with current arrangements.

  2. This document has been updated with new information about the risk of Ebola infection via semen.

  3. Updated guidance.

  4. Updated guidance.

  5. Document updated 26 September 2014

  6. The 'Ebola virus disease: information for humanitarian aid workers guidance' has been updated.

  7. First published.