What is Ebola?
Ebola is found in several African countries. It is a rare and potentially fatal disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus.
How is Ebola spread?
Individuals with Ebola cannot spread the virus until symptoms appear. The virus can only be spread through bodily fluids. It is not an airborne disease.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of Ebola typically include: fever (greater than 101.5 F), severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising.
Who is at the greatest risk of exposure?
In an outbreak, those at highest risk include healthcare workers and family and friends of a person infected with Ebola.
What can I do to prevent being infected?
Always wash your hands with soap and water. Cook food properly. Consider visiting a health facility when you have a headache, fever, pain, diarrhea, red eyes, and vomiting.
The above information has been compiled from CDC resources. For more information, visit the CDC website.
For questions regarding Ebola, you can also contact the CDC hotline at 1-800-232-4636.