The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) is in West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and the overall risk assessment for the Caribbean region remains low. Continued monitoring of the situation will be conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The level of risk may change as new information becomes available.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is one of numerous viral hemorrhagic fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically.
An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa was first reported in March 2014. The outbreak continues and is the largest and most complex outbreak of EVD ever reported since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. Up to date case counts and further information on the ongoing outbreaks in Africa can be found on the World Health Organization website. Click here
October 30, 2014. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is responsible for preventing disease, promoting and protecting health. Key functions of the Agency include providing leadership and coordination of regional public health responses to public health emergencies in the Caribbean. In light of the World Health Organization's declaration of the West-African Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and bearing in mind the reality of rapid international travel, CARPHA seeks to keep the Caribbean population abreast of the Ebola public health issue and of the mechanisms being put in place to address this issue. Read more...
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), together with CARPHA Member States (CMS), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) and other regional and international partners, is taking active steps to prepare the region in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. To date, no cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in the Caribbean region. However, in the region of the Americas, US authorities have reported four cases, including one death, from EVD. Read more...
Updated October 30, 2014
Initial Clinical Assessment and Management of Suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) January 16, 2015
Travellers Updated November 12, 2014
Hotels/Guesthouses November 12, 2014
Cruise Ships November 12, 2014
Collection and Transportation of Clinical Samples for Testing for Ebola Virus Disease November 11, 2014
A year into the largest ever Ebola outbreak
Regular WHO updates
Regular US CDC updates
Regular PHE updates
WHO Ebola response roadmap - Situation report
Updated maps of areas affected (US CDC)
December 8th, 2014
CARPHA Convenes the First Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Ebola
November 5th, 2014
10-Point Plan to "Stop Ebola There and Here" (CARICOM Statement)
CARICOM 10-Point Action Plan to "Stop Ebola There and Here" (Video)
Caribbean leaders agree to 10-point plan to tackle Ebola and chikungunya - Caribbean360 News
September 11, 2014
CARPHA Media Statement on the Ebola Virus Disease
CARPHA Media Conference on the Ebola Virus Disease (Video)
August 8th, 2014
WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
August 6th, 2014
Risk of Ebola in the Caribbean "Low" says CARPHA, but Preparation Needed