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What increases my risk for Ebola?

The risk of being infected with Ebola is very low for most people. You are at risk only if you have traveled to an area where an outbreak is ongoing, had contact with a person infected with the Ebola virus, or cared for someone who is infected. A small number of accidental infections have occurred among people who handled infected animals in research settings. 

If you have traveled to an area with an Ebola outbreak or had close contact with a person sick with Ebola or showing Ebola symptoms, you may be at risk if you:

  • had direct contact with blood or body fluids or items that came into contact with blood or body fluids from a person with Ebola.
  • touched bats or nonhuman primates (like apes or monkeys) or blood, fluids or raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • went into hospitals where Ebola patients were being treated and had close contact with the patients.
  • touched the body of a person who died from Ebola.

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