SA on alert after Ebola outbreak in West Africa

NICD says although the risk to South Africa is low, travellers and health practitioners should be cautious.

NICD says although the risk to South Africa is low, travellers and health practitioners should be cautious. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has asked health officials to be on the lookout for travellers arriving in South Africa from Guinea, after an outbreak of Ebola in the West African country.

So far the outbreak has claimed the lives of 59 people and there are fears it could spread to other countries.

The NICD says although the risk to South Africa is very low, travellers and health practitioners should still be cautious.

The institute's Lucille Blumberg said, "It's for the people travelling to the area or returning from the area who have an unexplained illness to be aware of Ebola but the risk for travellers must be small."