Thursday, October 16, 2014

U.S. Embassy: No Confirmed or Suspected Cases of Ebola in Ethiopia


Message for U.S. Citizens: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Update - Information and Resources

The U.S. Embassy would like to provide an update to our August 12, 2014 Information Message for U.S. Citizens regarding the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Ethiopia continues to have no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola.

The Embassy is aware of erroneous media reporting regarding suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Ethiopia.  Ethiopian government officials have also recently dismissed such rumors.  U.S. Embassy officials, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), continue to maintain a close working relationship with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in both preparation and prevention of EVD.



The U.S. Embassy would like to again point U.S. Citizens traveling or residing in Ethiopia to consult online resources to best educate themselves about EVD.  Visit both the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) websites for this specific information via the links below:

CDC Ebola Website - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

CDC Ebola Fact Sheet - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/index.html

CDC Digital Media Toolkit - http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2014/dpk-ebola-outbreak.html

World Health Organization (WHO) - http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/

Additional information from the U.S. Department of State, including an Ebola Fact Sheet for Travelers, can be found at:

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/Ebola.html

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ethiopia enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Ethiopia. For additional information, refer to the "Traveler's Checklist" on the State Department's website.
http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/