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    Frequently Asked Questions
    Regarding Ebola Resources

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
     http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf

     
    What is Ebola?
    Ebola is found in several African countries. It is a rare and potentially fatal disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus.

    How is Ebola spread?
    Individuals are not contagious until symptoms appear. The virus can only be spread through bodily fluids. It is not an airborne disease.

    What are the signs and symptoms?
    A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms of Ebola typically include: fever (greater than 101.5 F), severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

    Risk of Exposure
    In an outbreak, those at highest risk include healthcare workers and family and friends of a person infected with Ebola.

    Prevention
    Always wash your hands with soap and water, always cook your food properly, go to a health facility when you have a headache, fever, pain, diarrhea, red eyes, rash and vomiting.

    Can Ebola be spread through mosquitos?
    There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys and apes) have shown the ability to spread and become infected with Ebola virus.