At the time of publishing, the death toll of Ebola has reached 1350. Although there have been no indications that the virus has spread to Cape Town, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in the Mother City and the embassy in Pretoria have announced that all South Africans (as well as those from other African countries) will be required to present a health certificate as part of their visa requirements.
The certificate must be obtained from a health professional and clearly state that the individual is not infected with the Ebola virus. Without this document, you won’t be allowed to enter Indonesia. It has also been stated that screening posts will be set up at all points of entry to the country to prevent the spread of the virus.
At this point in time, the most cases of Ebola have been reported in West African countries – with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone being those that have the most reported cases to date.
This illness is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, organs or blood of people or animals that have been infected. Ebola causes its victims to bleed internally as well as externally. Initial symptoms include a high fever, severe headache, sore throat, a feeling of weakness, muscle and stomach pains, and a loss of appetite. The virus gets progressively worse, leading to coughing up blood, bloody stools and rashes. Nose, eye and ear bleeds are also common.