Ebola Virus Disease Awareness
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A Texas hospital is currently treating a patient who tested positive for Ebola, a serious and often fatal virus. Stay informed about the Ebola virus, learn about its signs and symptoms, and take the appropriate steps to keep you and your family safe.
- Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of infected individuals or contaminated objects. Bodily fluids include but are not limited to blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, feces, sweat, tears, breast milk, urine, and semen. Ebola is NOT spread though air or water and cannot be transmitted by simple proximity.
- Ebola symptoms can take 2-21 days to appear.
- Infected individuals are only contagious AFTER they display symptoms.
- There is no known cure for Ebola, however many patients recover with intensive hospital treatment.
Signs and Symptoms
Ebola symptoms can include:
- Sudden fever, generally 101.5°F and higher
- Joint and muscle aches
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
If you think you have been exposed to someone who has Ebola and you experience symptoms, seek medical attention immediately!
Always practice careful hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and use alcohol based hand sanitizers. Avoid contact with blood or other bodily fluids from ill individuals. Do not handle objects you believe may have come in contact with an infected individual.
For more information on the Ebola virus visit:
Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)