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.
Ebola has been eradicated in some countries. There are no current reports of Ebola in the United States.
Health care providers can order travel triage posters to help inform patients. The posters are available in multiple languages.