The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges U.S. residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia because of an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola.
The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor Nigeria, which has reported three cases of Ebola at this time. No travel alert has been issued for Nigeria.
Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease. The disease is native to several African countries and is caused by infection with one of the Ebola viruses. It is spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, including sweat. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals, including raw meat.
Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Skin rash, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients.
Since this virus requires contact with blood or bodily fluid, transmission is rare. The disease is transmitted when symptoms are present. Therefore, it is important to seek health care immediately if you develop symptoms after traveling to these areas or if you believe you may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.
If you have recently traveled in this area, pay attention to your health after you return.
IUP’s Center for Health and Well-Beingcontinues to monitor this outbreak and will provide information as it becomes available. For more information, visit the CDCor contact the Health Serviceat the IUP Center for Health and Well-Being at 724-357-2550.
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