Health Update: Ebola

Health Update: Ebola


Ebola Advisory

Bloomsburg University Student Health Center is monitoring Ebola Virus Disease notifications from the World Health Organization, CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the PA Department of Health on a daily basis. Ebola poses a low risk to the U.S. general population.

The West African countries currently involved in the outbreak are Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Travelers from Ebola-affected countries are advised to self-monitor their health for 21 days after departure and to seek healthcare if fever and symptoms develop.

Ebola Facts

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola Virus Disease, also referred to as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, is transmitted through blood and body fluids. Transmission is through close, direct contact between an infected person’s body fluids and a healthy person’s mucous membranes or non-intact skin.

Unlike many other illnesses, Ebola is not infectious until symptoms appear, and has a low risk for transmission during the early stages. This is different from other illnesses, such as the flu, which can be infectious before symptoms appear.

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 to 10 days is most common.

If individuals develop symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately. For additional information call 570-389-3800, or visit www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola | www.health.state.pa.us