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“The following information has been provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health”
There is currently an ongoing Ebola outbreak overseas. For more information see the Ebola update.
Sporadic outbreaks of Ebola have been occurring in Africa for decades. Its origin is unknown but fruit bats are considered a likely host, based on available evidence.
Ebola is a severe illness but spread can be prevented.
Although Ebola causes severe illness it is not easy to catch – it is not spread through the air and is not as infectious as the flu or measles. You can’t catch Ebola by being next to an infected person – it requires contact with infected body fluids (such as blood, saliva, urine or faeces) through broken skin or mucous membranes (such as the mouth or eyes).
You can also catch Ebola by:
See Ministry of health web site for more information
Travel to countries deemed to be extreme risk on the MFAT Safe Travel website will not be routinely approved. An appeal to this rule may be lodged with AVC (POD) using the procedures in the University Travel Policy.
Some countries with EBOLA outbreaks have placed border restrictions which will significantly impact departure options and freedom of movement.
Further advice for travelers is available from the Safe Travel website
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016