There is a lot of false information to be found about Ebola and it can be hard to decide what information to trust. These official organizations have the latest news that you can rely on.
Use these health databases to find articles and fact sheets about Ebola.
Ebola Virus Disease (also known as Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever) is a severe virus that is spread from certain wild mammals to people and further spread from human to human. The current outbreak of the virus originated in western Africa, where it has mostly remained. Here are some key facts to know:
- Ebola is spread through direct contact with an infected person's blood and body fluids or through contaminated objects (such as needles). To become infected the virus must be transmitted through broken skin or through your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- The disease cannot be transmitted through air, food, or water.
- Only those displaying symptoms can spread the disease.
- Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
- Symptoms may include fever, severe headaches, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. These symptoms do not necessarily indicate Ebola and infection can only be confirmed with testing.
- Those most at risk of infection are close friends and family members of infected individuals and health care workers who have not been provided with proper protective gear.
If you are concerned about your risk of becoming infected or the possibility of a US outbreak, the CDC has a useful questions and answers page addressing these concerns.
*This information was obtained from the CDC and WHO websites.
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