According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of contracting the Ebola Virus in the United States is very low.
- You cannot get Ebola through water.
- You cannot get Ebola through food.
- You cannot get Ebola through air.
You can only get Ebola from
- Touching blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.
- Touching contaminated objects, like needles.
- Touching infected animals, their blood or other bodily fluids, or their meat.
Symptoms of Ebola
- stomach pain
- lack of appetite
- bloody nose
- red eyes
- skin rash
What to do
Students or staff who have recently arrived in the United States from an affected area and who are NOT sick are instructed to check their temperature daily for a fever for 21 days starting the day after leaving the Ebola affected area, or after coming into contact with an Ebola infected person.They can conduct normal activities and do not need to be isolated as long as they remain symptom-free.
The CDC's Check and Report Ebola (CARE) Kit is for travelers to the U.S. who are arriving from Guinea, Liberia, Mali, or Sierra Leone.
Students who remain healthy after 21 days since leaving a West African country with Ebola outbreaks are not at risk for Ebola and can stop monitoring their temperature.
If a person has a fever or develops a fever during the 21 day observation period, he/she should consult a health-care provider immediately. You should tell the health care provider about the symptoms and recent travel BEFORE going to the health care facility or emergency room to decrease the risk of spreading the virus. Do NOT take public transportation. ONLY travel to the health care facility.
CDC, Signs and Symptoms of Ebola
Infographic of above information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Why Ebola is NOT likely to become Airborne
Information for West Africans Living in the United States
Advice for Colleges, Univeristies, and Students about Ebola in West Africa
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola
Health Advisory, Ebola, CDC