Ebola alert

EBOLA is in the news. As I write, the number of cases in West Africa continues to climb. An 11-country regional emergency meeting has just been held.

Should travel medicine practitioners in Australia be concerned?

As the great politician said, “Be alert, but not alarmed!”

Ebola is caused by any one of five species of Ebolavirus, a filovirus. It is an emerging infectious disease, with African flying foxes as the reservoir host. Spill-overs of Ebola virus occur frequently to humans, either directly from bats or via other wild animals: the prevalence of antibodies to Ebola virus in

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