Ebola Information

If you have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, or Nigeria in the past month, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to Ebola.

What is Ebola?

Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.

How does Ebola spread?

Ebola is NOT spread through air, water, or food. You can live with a roommate or attend class with a student who has been to an affected area without putting yourself at risk. You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids from a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.

  • You can't get Ebola through the air.
  • You can't get Ebola through water.
  • You can't get Ebola through food.

Are you from that area or have you traveled there in the past month?

Yes, and I had contact with someone who was diagnosed with Ebola

Stay Calm. Get informed: "Contact" means you were in direct contact with body fluids (blood, vomit, sweat or semen) from a person with Ebola.

If this defines you, immediately contact one of the following:

  • M.S. Shook Student Health Service
    (828) 262-3100
  • Watauga Medical Center Emergency Department
    (828) 262-4164

Yes, but I did not have contact with anyone diagnosed with Ebola

Stay calm. Get informed: A non-sick, returning person who has not had contact does not need to take any special precautions.

Monitor yourself for any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Abnormal Bleeding
  • Joint & Muscle Aches

If you experience any of the symptoms, immediately contact one of the following:

  • M.S. Shook Student Health Service
    (828)262-3100
  • Watauga Medical Center Emergency Department
    262-4164

No, I am not from nor have I traveled to any of these areas

Stay calm. Get informed.

No, but I know someone who has been to an affected area

Stay Calm. Get informed. Share this information.

Source: N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Page content reviewed: 06/04/2018 fwg