Press Release

Update from the National Public Health Emergency Team on Ebola

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met yesterday, Thursday 20 November, to update the level of preparation of the health system in the unlikely event of a case of Ebola in Ireland.

The HSE reported on the recent Ebola conference hosted by the Mater Hospital for delegates from all 29 receiving hospitals in Ireland. Receiving hospitals are those identified to receive any Ebola cases in the first incidence. (see http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/media/pressrel/ebolaconference.html). Useful information about Ebola can be found at http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/Campaigns/Ebolaupdate.html, including key facts, frequently asked questions, video interviews and useful links such as www.hpsc.ie.

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

As of 16 November 2014, WHO has reported 15 145 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in six affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal). There have been 5 420 reported deaths. This is an increase of 1 047 cases and 260 deaths since 11 November 2014.