Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea

The U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire is issuing this message in response to the confirmed cases of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) caused by the Ebola virus in Guinea, and suspected cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia. There have been no reported cases of VHF in Côte d’Ivoire to date.

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the situation closely with our health partners including the Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). At this point, the WHO has not recommended any travel restrictions to Guinea or other countries in the region, but we urge you to exercise sound judgment with regard to travel, wash your hands frequently, and protect yourself if you are a healthcare worker.

While Ebola is a dangerous virus, there are a few factors that would make an individual’s risk of contracting the disease negligible. Ebola is not spread by casual contact like the flu; it requires direct contact with the body fluids of someone severely ill with – or recently deceased from – the disease, or by eating contaminated bush meat.

To obtain CDC travel notices, call CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website. For more information on Ebola hemorrhagic fever, please visit the CDC website.

The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Côte d’Ivoire 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 do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, travel alerts and warnings, and Country Specific Information for Côte d’Ivoire. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan is located in the Riviera Golf neighborhood of the Cocody section of Abidjan, east of the downtown area and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., +225-22-49-40-00. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +225-22-49-44-50.