Ebola/Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

Report within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease that can occur in humans and some animals. It is caused by an infection with a virus. Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected, symptomatic person. It is also spread through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Ebola is not transmitted through the air, food or water. It can also spread when people  have direct contact with dead bodies of people who dies from  Ebola or with infected bats, rodents, or primates. Symptoms may include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, red eyes, and bleeding outside the body. There is no specific medicine that cures people infected with Ebola.  People with Ebola will receive medical care such as fluids, oxygen,  blood transfusions, and any other medicines as needed. Early treatment is best.


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Last Reviewed: 5/4/2017