The many people who have treated Ebola patients in the recent outbreak have been named as the " Person" of the year. " Doctors who wouldn't quit even as their colleagues fell ill and died, nurses comforting patients while standing in slurries of mud, vomit and faeces The Ebola Fighters are the Time person of the year". They take the title from the 2013 Time magazine , person of the year, Pope Francis.

At least 17,000 people have been estimated to be infected with the Ebola virus and more than 6,500 have died.

The current situation as declared by the WHO for early December, remains that Ebola Virus disease (EVD) is centred in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Sierra Leone is the most seriously affected of the countries. Outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal , Nigeria and Spain have ended and the unrelated outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared over.

The Australian Government advises Australians to reconsider their need to travel to the outbreak areas, where there is widespread, intense transmission of EVD. sporadic demonstrations and local disturbances have been reported in the areas related to the EVD outbreaks, some of which have become violent, with the violence also targeting health-workers. The United Nations security council has declared that the EVD outbreak is a threat to international security and peace.

For details of specific affected areas, check the latest situation reports on the WHO website.

The number for the Ebola travellers hotline in Australia for returned travellers with concerns remains 1800 186 815.

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