Facts about Ebola

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The Basics    |    Transmission and Symptoms     |    If You are at Risk    |    Protection Tips    |    Additional Information

The Basics

As of March 2016, the 2014 Ebola outbreak — the largest Ebola outbreak ever — is no longer designated as a World Health Organization Public Health Emergency of International Concern. For the latest information on this outbreak visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.

Transmission and Symptoms

Ebola can only be spread person to person after an infected person develops symptoms. Ebola is primarily spread through direct contact with:

  • The body fluids of infected individuals - when the person has symptoms or after the individual has died.
  • Contaminated objects (e.g., clothes, bedding, medical equipment).
  • Infected animals - living or dead.

Once infected, Ebola symptoms develop between 2 to 21 days. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Lack of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

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If You are at Risk

Countries which remain affected by Ebola include Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. If you are at risk for Ebola (e.g., have traveled to a country that remains affected by the epidemic, had contact with someone sick with Ebola, or had contact with an infected animal):

  • Notify your healthcare provider (even if you have no symptoms) for evaluation.
    • The Student Health Center may be reached by calling (323) 343-3302, Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Check your temperature twice per day (morning and evening) and watch out for Ebola symptoms for 21 days.
  • Limit your contact with other people if you are sick. Do not go to work, classes, or other activities until you have been medically evaluated

  • If your temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher or you have any other Ebola signs or symptoms, seek medical care immediately by calling 911.

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Protection Tips

There is no FDA approved vaccine for Ebola, however, there are a number of strategies that can be used to reduce risk of contracting and spreading Ebola, including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid contact with another person's blood and other body fluids, especially if they are sick.
  • Avoid nonessential travel to the West Africa countries affected by the Ebola epidemic.
  • Seek immediate medical care if you develop fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
    • If you develop these symptoms, avoid contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.

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Additional Information


Sources: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionLos Angeles County Department of Public Health.