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30 Apr 2015  

Nepal Earthquake


If you are currently in Nepal, or you know any other Australians who are, we strongly encourage you to contact the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu, if you have not already done so.You can seek shelter at the Embassy, if you have nowhere else to go. The Australian Embassy is located 500 metres north of Narayan Gopal Chowk Bansbari, Kathmandu, and can be contacted on +977 1 437 1678.

If you have require immediate assistance please call Customer Care Medical Assistance on +61 2 8907 5686 or text to +61 408 971 729 if you haven't already made contact with us. We are here to help and we remain in close contact with DFAT and have local representatives in the area. The situation on the ground, particularly Kathmandu, remains a disaster zone. The local telephone network remains intermittent, hospitals are overflowing and communicating with these facilities is near impossible, rotary wing aircraft have been taken under government control for local evacuations. Flights in and out of Kathmandu are being delayed with aid aircraft prioritised. Water is scarce and health risks are likely to increase over coming days. To register of update missing Australians please contact DFAT’s 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia) or via SMS on +61 421 269 080.

17 Nov 2014  

Ebola Virus Disease EVD


The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%. EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

Currently Ebola is present in Liberia, Sierra Leone. Nigeria. Guinea and Mali but travellers to other parts of Africa need to be vigilant as it could spread at any time.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission of bodily fluids, including blood, saliva, vomit and faeces. Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus. EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

At present no licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals. (September 2014, WHO). It is understood that potential vaccines will be imminently trialled. Severely ill patients require what is largely ‘intensive supportive care’. Patients are frequently dehydrated and require oral rehydration with solutions containing electrolytes or intravenous fluids. Infusions of antibodies derived from EVD survivors have been undertaken but only on an experimental basis, with some results suggestive of a positive impact. The current status is that there is an ability to test for EVD but there is no widely available direct treatment.


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