Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Public health agencies, including the Virginia Department of
Health (VDH) and the Alexandria Health Department, continue to monitor the
Ebola epidemic in West Africa. While the risk of Ebola transmission within the
US remains low, cases may be detected among travelers entering the country from
affected areas. The Alexandria Health Department is working to ensure our
community can respond safely, quickly, and efficiently to anyone who may have
been exposed to Ebola.
Ebola 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
Persons who returned from affected areas more than 21 days ago
cannot become ill with Ebola.
Ebola infections remain rare. There are more common infections
that cause similar symptoms. If you are ill, no matter what the cause of
your symptoms, prompt medical care is important for your well-being and to
protect others. Call your healthcare provider before seeking care – tell them
if you have traveled.
The following links will connect our medical community and the
general public with updated resources regarding basic facts, control and
prevention of the disease.
Information for physicians and healthcare providers:
Questions about Ebola?
for Travelers from Affected Countries
travelers coming to the United States from countries with widespread
transmission of Ebola are being routed to one of five airports. At those
airports (which includes Dulles Airport), the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) has instituted screening, upon arrival, of all travelers
coming from those countries. Those travelers who have symptoms of Ebola will
undergo a full medical evaluation for Ebola as well as other diseases.
from affected countries who do not have symptoms (and thus will not need a
medical evaluation) will undergo regular surveillance by Virginia Department of
Health’s local health departments. Alexandria Health Department will be
conducting that surveillance for all residents of, and visitors to, the City of
Alexandria who have traveled from affected countries. If a traveler from an
affected country becomes symptomatic, the traveler will be referred immediately
for a full medical evaluation (the medical facility will be notified before the
traveler goes for that evaluation). Monitoring will continue for 21 days to
ensure that all travelers from affected countries have passed their incubation
period (and therefore cannot develop Ebola).
you have questions about Alexandria Health Department’s surveillance of
travelers from affected countries, please email Alexandria Health Department at