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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EBOLA:

Questions and Answers on Ebola
Information from the CDC:  October 17, 2014

What is Ebola?
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease.  Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding.  Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common.

How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?
No, Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?
No Ebola is not a food-borne illness.  It is not a water-borne illness.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn't have any symptoms?
No.  Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.


Other Sources of Information:

Ebola Information Page

Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa

Traveler Information

Ebola Fact Sheet

Ebola infographic

University of Maryland Ebola Information

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