Health Ministry Updates On Ebola Situation

August 19, 2014

Collaborative meetings are being held in Bermuda in relation to preparedness measures relevant to the current outbreak of Ebola in western Africa, the Health Ministry said.

Included in these talks with the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment and the Chief Medical Officer, are officials from the Bermuda Hospitals Board Emergency Department, Fire and Police services, Departments of Airport Operations, Civil Aviation, shipping agents Meyer Agency and the Pilot Service, together with Customs and Immigration officials and others.

Cases in the Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization said, with the deaths occurring in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

The full statement from the Health Ministry is below:

Collaborative meetings are being held involving key government departments and emergency organizations involved in preparedness measures relevant to the current outbreak of Ebola in western Africa.

Included in these talks with the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment and the Chief Medical Officer, are officials from the Bermuda Hospitals Board Emergency Department, Fire and Police services.

Also included in the meetings are the Departments of Airport Operations, Civil Aviation, shipping agents Meyer Agency and the Pilot Service, together with Customs and Immigration officials and others.

The collaborative group met on Friday in continuing discussions on the operational management of public health emergencies.

They planned for scenario, tabletop event exercises involving all stakeholders who would be enlisted in the management of such a public health emergency.

After Friday’s exhaustive meetings, the group resolved to advance the island’s preparedness for “all hazards” by addressing identified system weaknesses. Subsequent meetings will continue indefinitely to assure preparedness for a broad range of public health threats.

Regular updates on the Ebola situation will be posted on the government website www.health.gov.bm and the Facebook page.

A CITV presentation on “Health & Family” on Ebola Preparedness has been created for airing in the week ahead.

On August 8th the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of this virus to be a public health emergency of international concern. Bermuda and all jurisdictions are obliged to respond appropriately by educating the public about risk reduction and prepare to identify, contain and manage any suspected case of the disease.

The Ministry remains in close communication with their international and regional public health advisors and, as such, the Ministry can advise that it is following the latest advice from the World Health Organization.

There are no general bans on international travel and trade. However, the Ministry advises the public to avoid non-essential travel to locations where an outbreak of Ebola is occurring. The World Health Organization identifies the current outbreak as occurring in western Africa affecting four countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Ebola virus is not spread through the air, but through contact with blood and other body fluids such as urine, saliva, and semen of infected people. The risk from casual contact, such as shaking hands or sitting next to someone who is not displaying symptoms of illness is likely to be very low according to our regional health authority, Caribbean Public Health Agency.

Travelers are advised as always to stay informed of international travel advisories and alerts posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov/travel).

If you must travel to any destinations at high risk for Ebola, please make sure to do the following:

  • Practice careful hygiene. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of ill persons.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Avoid contact with animals [such as primates, rodents, bats and livestock] or with raw meat. Avoid eating primates, bats and other “bush meat.”

If you become ill during or after travelling to a country where there are cases of Ebola Virus, you should delay further travel until cleared to travel by a doctor or public health authority. Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, or red eyes up to 21 days after your return. Tell the doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms before you go to the office or emergency room. Advance notice will help the doctor care for you and protect other people who may be in the office.

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  1. Archie says:

    Is it possible to find out passengers’ movements in advance – ie which flights have been booked already and where people have come from before they get to Bda? Dunno if this can be done but if so, it would give an idea of the likelihood of an infected person getting to the island?

  2. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Why Obama Brought Ebola To U.S. Exposed: Special Report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRNlxI9OpyU&index=205&list=UUvsye7V9psc-APX6wV1twLg

  3. Come On Man says:

    If your in the same room with someone who you even think has Ebola GET OUT OF THE ROOM A.S.A.P. What they are not telling you,is that it can travel through the air via droplets. They have found it in the lungs of primates that were in seperate cages. An indication that it does travel through the air, IT IS AN AIR BORN VIRUS. They also came to the conclution the virus does not survive long in the air. Source Dr. Gary Kobinger, from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  4. msabathi says:

    How is south africa going to encounter the risk of this virus as we are going to games in Africa(soccer). How we (south africans) going to manage the transmission of the virus as funs will be rubbing shoulders with each other in the stadium. Is the number of funs gonna be knwn as to ensures that all people went out they are tested in their way back home?

  5. duh says:

    aids mutated into humans through the people who ate monkey brains in africa. the monkey brains contain hiv and aids, and the only way they crossed is by the people eating them over and over. The virus mutated and eventually adapted to humans. A new disease thrives like that, and that is why it spread so quickly. SAME thing with this Ebola strain in africa now. Was in bats, people ate the diseased bats for too long, and now thanks to that we have Ebola mutated for humans.

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  7. The British are not helpful to Sierra Leonean . In time of problems, they don’t for care us and they leave us struggling for ourselves . The countries like China ,USA and others greatly help. We are greatly disappointed over the British colonization of sierra Leone . Look at the clear example of what they have done on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone all of them have left and they cant even help .they respect their pound sterling’s but they want exploit us .
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