The often fatal Ebola virus is spread through broken skin or through your eyes, nose, or mouth if they are in direct contact with the body fluids of a person sick with Ebola. It cannot be spread through the air or simply by being near someone who is infected.
The disease usually starts with an abrupt fever, possibly with headache and joint and muscle aches anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure. People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms, such as fever.
The outbreak is occurring in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. There is also limited transmission in Mali; Bamako, Kayes and Kourémalé are considered affected areas. If you visited Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Mali (Bamako, Kayes and Kourémalé only), and within 3 weeks of leaving you have developed a fever, call 911.
Tell your doctor about your recent travel, and be sure to notify the emergency room about your symptoms before going.
You will not be asked about your immigration status, and you will be seen regardless of your ability to pay.
Health care providers can order travel triage posters to help inform patients. The posters are available in multiple languages.