Facts About Ebola in the U.S.
It is important to know that every outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can—and will be contained.
It is extraordinarily unlikely that Ebola would spread widely in the United States both because the disease requires direct contact with bodily fluid (such as feces, saliva, sweat, urine, vomit, and semen) of someone who is infected with and has symptoms of Ebola (fever greater than 100.4°F (38.0°C) and additional symptoms, such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising). And because the United States has a strong health care system and dedicated public health professionals who are prepared to treat any individuals who may have symptoms of Ebola.
To be clear, Ebola is hard to contract:
- You can’t get Ebola through the air.
- You can’t get Ebola through the water.
- You can’t get Ebola through food in the United States.
You can only get Ebola from:
- Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.
- Touching contaminated objects, like needles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the most extensive and up-to-date information on Ebola here and abroad. Please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/ebola for more information on Ebola.
Learn about the Signs, Symptoms, Transmission, and Prevention of Ebola:
Learn about the Guidance and Recommendations for U.S. Healthcare Workers and Settings.
- Could it be Ebola? Patient Checklist [PDF]
- Ambulatory Care Evaluation of Patients [PDF]
- Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment
- U.S. Hospital Preparedness for Patients