Press Release

Update from the National Public Health Emergency Team on Ebola

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) held its weekly meeting, yesterday, Thursday 6 November, to update the level of preparation of the health system in the unlikely event of a case of Ebola in Ireland.

The HSE has brought together a range of useful information about Ebola at http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/Campaigns/Ebolaupdate.html, including key facts, frequently asked questions, video interviews and useful links like www.hpsc.ie.

NPHET noted that the European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has concluded that the risk of a case in the EU is low and the risk of transmission of Ebola in Ireland remains therefore very low.

The training group has met five times in the last fortnight and is progressing work on regional inter-agency exercises, developing videos and other training materials with the Irish College of General Practitioners for hospitals and linking in with the Mater Hospital’s planned training session for key individuals in key hospitals.

Note for Editors
NPHET co-ordinates health sector responses during the planning and response phases of a public health emergency.  It links with other government agencies and groups dealing with national emergency management issues.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday 20 November 2014.

As of 5 November 2014, there have been 13,042 worldwide cases of EVD, including 4,818 deaths reported by WHO.  On 20 October, WHO declared both Senegal and Nigeria to be Ebola free. On 23 October Mali confirmed a case of Ebola, but to date there has been no ongoing transmission.