17 October: There have been no cases of Ebola in Ireland to date. The overall risk of a case of Ebola being imported into in Ireland is low. On 16 October, the Minister and the Chief Medical Officer updated the Joint Committee on Health and Children: read the transcript here. The HSE-Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) produces up to date information on Ebola for the general public, including travel advice.
The outbreak in West Africa has been under close scrutiny by the HSE-Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) since the World Health Organization’s (WHO) initial alert in March this year. In addition, following the WHO declaration of the Ebola Outbreak as a Public Health Event of International Concern in early August, a specially convened panel of experts – the HPSC Ebola Virus Disease Advisory Sub-committee – has been meeting regularly since then and at least every two weeks.
The HPSC maintains regular contact with all relevant health professionals and bodies and provides extensive guidance for them, hospitals, GPs and laboratories.
Click here for more from the HPSC on Ebola.