What should I do if I was exposed to Ebola?

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Ebola poses little risk to travelers or the general public who have not cared for or been in close contact (within 3 feet or 1 meter) with someone sick with Ebola for a prolonged period. Signs of Ebola include fever and symptoms such as severe headache, fatigue (feeling very tired), muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal (stomach) pain, or unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). If you get sick with a fever or other Ebola symptoms, get medical care right away. Do NOT go out in public until you talk to a public health worker. Do what your public health worker told you to do if you got sick. If you are not able to speak with someone right away, call your state or local health department, CDC (1-800-232-4636), or 911 if it is a medical emergency and tell them you were in a country with Ebola.

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Ebola

Ebola

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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