Ebola Information

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide guidance and education to health professionals and the general public regarding the Ebola virus disease and the current outbreak in West Africa.

Facts About Ebola

  • Viral hemorrhagic fevers are a group of viruses, including Ebola, that cause internal and external bleeding. Many viruses in this family cause only mild illness, but Ebola typically causes severe illness and has a high fatality rate.
  • Symptoms of Ebola include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure, although 8-10 days is most common. People are not contagious before they show symptoms.
  • The current Ebola outbreak is centered in West Africa in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There have been several cases diagnosed within the U.S., all which involved either travel to the affected areas or direct, close contact with an infected individual by a health worker.
  • Ebola does not pose a significant risk to most people in the U.S. or Kentuckians at this time. 
  • You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.
  • Ebola is not spread by air, water, casual contact or food in the U.S.
  • As a precaution, the CDC and DPH continue to issue guidance to assist health providers on investigating and treating possible cases of Ebola virus, should that become necessary, and to coordinate efforts to increase preparedness to respond.


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