Ebola Resource Center
Ebola is a rare disease spread through direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person or animal showing symptoms of the virus. Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, stomach pain, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting and lack of appetite. Symptoms usually appear between 2-21 days after exposure.
A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Bodily fluids that could transmit infection include urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk and semen. Direct contact with infected blood or bodily fluids can occur through the eyes, nose and mouth; broken skin; and contaminated needles and syringes.
Most cases of Ebola are in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. If you travel to, or are in an area affected by an Ebola outbreak, it is important to practice careful hygiene and avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids – including contact with items that may have been exposed to an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids.
This information is made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information about Ebola visit the CDC website at: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.
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