What increases my risk for Ebola?

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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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. 

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Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It is caused by a family of viruses that originate in central and west Africa. The disease is rare and occurs in sporadic outbreaks. Ebola is spread through direct co...

ntact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals or objects, such as needles or bedsheets, that have been contaminated with the virus. Your risk of contracting Ebola is very low unless you visit an area where it is widespread. There are no approved treatments for the disease, but some experimental treatments have shown promise. Vaccines are currently under development.

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