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Facts About Ebola

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Ebola virus is NOT spread through
  • Casual contact
  • Air
  • Water
  • Food grown or legally purchased in the U.S.
How do you get the Ebola Virus?
  • Direct contact with body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat,semen, spit, other fluids)
  • Direct contact with objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment)
  • Direct contact with infected animals (by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat)
Early SymptomsEbola Info Poster

Ebola can only be spread to others after symptoms begin.  Symptoms can appear from 2 to 21 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Muscle pain
When is someone able to spread the disease to others?
  • Ebola only spreads when people are sick.  A patient must have symptoms to spread the disease to others.
  • After 21 day, if an exposed person does not develop symptoms, they will not become sick with Ebola.
Self-screening procedure
  • Have you recently been in West Africa in the last 21 days to the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal or Sierra Leone?
  • If so, watch for fever, headaches, and body aches in the next three weeks
  • If you get sick, call a doctor.  Tell the doctor where you traveled.
  • For more details, view the self-screening flyer