Queensland Health wants health workers returning from Ebola affected areas to quarantine themselves for 21 days.
Queensland’s top doctor is urging people not to travel to Ebola zones in Africa unless it’s to do essential humanitarian work.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has outlined Queensland’s plans to prepare for any cases of the virus in the state.
She’s urging people to avoid visiting Ebola-affected areas unless it’s essential humanitarian work.
“There are some people going there for fantastic humanitarian reasons and we support them,” Dr Young told reporters.
“But anyone who can delay their travel really shouldn’t be travelling.”
Dr Young said it was important people going contact Queensland Health beforehand so they understood the risks and what would happen when they returned.
She said as a general rule health workers would be asked to voluntarily quarantine themselves in their homes for 21 days.
Government-owned housing in Brisbane was also available for them to do so.
The state’s top medical experts and four key Ebola treatment hospitals were also on standby.
An isolation pod ordered from Western Australia has arrived in the state and another three, worth $70,000, were expected to arrive within the next three weeks.
A 24-hour hotline has been set up for anyone believing they could have Ebola symptoms and any members of the public with questions about Ebola can also call the 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) hotline.
But Dr Young said there was still no therapeutic treatment or cure available for Ebola patients, only supportive medical care.
“We know from the advice of the World Health Organisation that good supportive care do go a long way to assisting people to combat the disease,” she added.
“Just making sure that all the very basic things are maintained.”