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Quick facts: Ebola


What is it?

Ebola (known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare, deadly disease caused by infection with a virus of the genus Ebolavirus.

How is it spread?

Ebola can be spread by touching bodily fluids of a person who is sick from or has died from Ebola, touching contaminated objects or touching infected persons – Ebola cannot be spread through air, water or food.

What are the symptoms?

Ebola symptoms include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and bleeding or bruising. Symptoms will develop anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

When is it contagious?

Ebola is contagious as long as a person is showing symptoms and until cleared by medical professionals.

What are the key facts about ebola currently?

As October 22, 2014, 4 people in the U.S. have been reported to have the Ebola this season (2014-2015).

Of those, one, who was infected prior to arriving in the U.S., has died.


More helpful resources


From the CDC: Contact Tracing

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