Ebola virus disease for health professionals

04 Dec 2014

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious disease caused by infection with Ebola virus. The case-fatality rate for the Zaire strain of Ebola virus is estimated to be between 50% and 90%.

There is currently (2013-2014) an outbreak of EVD occurring in western Africa. There has never been a case of EVD in Australia.

EVD is a quarantinable disease under the Australian Quarantine Act 1908 and a notifiable and controlled notifiable disease under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. This permits the relevant authorities to take appropriate measures, such as requiring isolation of confirmed or suspected cases and quarantine of contacts, to prevent the establishment or spread of EVD in Australia. CLICK HERE for a copy of the fact sheet or CLICK HERE for further information on the SA Health website.