Ebola is still in the news. The number of cases in West Africa continues to climb.

Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the case and their fluids. The average incubation period is eight days, but can be as short as two days and as long as twenty-one .People do not secrete the virus during the incubation period.

A country-wide lockdown is being put into effect in order to try and stop and spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone . Citizens have been ordered not to leave the areas around their homes for three days from September 19th in an attempt to prevent new infections and assist health workers track down people suffering from the disease.

Australian travellers can be advised to:

1) Watch the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs website at

2) Be aware of the risks of Ebola and how it spreads and take action around these

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