Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Public health agencies, including the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Alexandria Health Department, continue to monitor the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. The possibility of Ebola transmission within the US remains low, however cases may be detected among travelers entering the country from affected areas.
EVD is not transmitted through the air, by water or by food grown or legally purchased in the US. It is only transmitted through direct contact with someone who is sick with the Ebola virus.
If you have travelled in the past 21 days to an area affected by Ebola virus:
- Consult with a healthcare provider promptly if you have any concerns about your risk for exposure.
- If you were exposed to Ebola during your trip, call your doctor even if you do not have symptoms.
- Monitor your health for 21 days. Symptoms may appear from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus (8-10 days is most common).
- Seek medical care immediately if you become ill with fever and one or more of the following: severe headache, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
- Tell a healthcare provider about your symptoms, recent travel, and potential exposures before going to the office or emergency room. Advance notice will help the doctor provide care and protect other people who may be in the office.
- Stay apart from other people until you get appropriate medical care to prevent spreading the disease to others.
Remember: Ebola infection is rare, and there are more common infections that cause similar symptoms. No matter what the cause of your symptoms, prompt medical care is important for your well-being and to protect others.
The following links will connect our medical community and the general public with updated resources regarding basic facts, control and prevention of the disease.
CDC Homepage on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
CDC Information on Transmission of EVD: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/index.html
CDC “Facts about Ebola in the US” poster: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/infographic.pdf
CDC “Facts about Ebola” poster: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/facts-about-ebola.pdf
CDC Traveler's Health website (health recommendations for travelers to specific countries): http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
Information for physicians and healthcare providers:
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