The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa.
The current outbreak is affecting countries in West Africa but does not pose a significant risk to Sint Maarten.
Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is monitoring development and additional information from Regional and International Health Agency have requested all physicians and other local partners to be on the alert in monitoring the possible importation of Ebola cases. Domestic and international partners have been alerted to locally activate their Preparedness Plan and to locally coordinate technical assistance and control activities.
What is Ebola?
Ebola, also known as Ebola virus disease, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains (Zaire, Sudan, Bundibugyo, or Tai Forest virus). Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. Ebola was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in several African countries.