While an end of the epidemic is not in sight the World Health Organization (WHO) in fact considers it possible that the number of reported cases is far below the number of actual cases.
On 8 August the WHO decided that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have been met and subsequently made recommendations addressed to the affected countries and their neighbours to contain and control the spread of the disease.
The risk that travellers bring the disease to Europe is small but cannot be excluded. Ebola is transmitted between humans by direct contact with infected blood or bodily fluids, hence people in the immediate vicinity of a patient are at risk.
Physicians should consider an ebola infection in patients presenting with fever who returned from the affected regions within the past 21 days and who might have had contact with ebola patients, the body of deceased ebola victims, with their bodily fluids, or with animals carrying the virus.