Important Ebola Messaging
DMAI is monitoring developments surrounding the Ebola virus and its potential impact on travelers and destinations across the globe. As the situation unfolds, our first thoughts are with the individuals and communities in the areas currently affected by this outbreak.
The significant challenges that crisis situations can cause to the travel and tourism sector are well known. Tourism is a resilient sector that tends to show a significant capacity to rebound from a crisis situation, as previous events have shown. Still, in the short term, the impact of negative events on the sector can be very important.
Because of this it is crucial for the industry to put forth a unified message and voice. Below are a list of resources and messages points to keep you and your communities updated an informed.
Industry Message Points
• We continue to monitor the situation and will work diligently to provide timely information to the travel and tourism sector as well as to travelers
• The risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel is low. Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not spread by breathing air (and the airborne particles it contains) from an infected person. Transmission requires direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animals, all unlikely exposures for the average traveler.
• A person who is infected is only able to spread the virus to others after the infected person has started to have symptoms. A person usually has no symptoms for two to 21 days (the “incubation period”).
• The risk of a traveler becoming infected with the Ebola virus during a visit to the affected countries and developing disease after returning is very low, even if the visit includes travel to areas in which cases have been reported.
• Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not recommend any ban on international travel or trade. In fact, both maintain that the best way to protect ourselves is not to seal off the affected countries, and that more flight restrictions will only make it more difficult for life-saving aid and medical professionals to reach West Africa.