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Learn the Facts about Ebola

Facts About Ebola:

  • There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Boston or in Massachusetts
  • Ebola can't travel long distances through the air
  • You can't get Ebola through water
  • You can't get Ebola through food
  • People who have no symptoms can't give someone else Ebola


You can only get Ebola from:

  • Touching the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola
  • Touching contaminated objects wet with the body fluids of someone sick with Ebola
  • Touching infected animals, their blood, body fluids or their meat


A person suspected of having Ebola must have:

  • Been in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Mali or Sierra Leone in the past 21 days

    And/Or

  • Been in contact with a person who is sick with Ebola

And

  • Shown symptoms of Ebola


Early symptoms of Ebola include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising


Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 days. If you think you or someone you know may be sick with Ebola, call your health care provider for advice on what to do.

For help finding a health care provider in Boston, please call the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050 or toll-free at 1-800-847-0710.

More information on Ebola:

​​​Sources: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Massachusetts Department of Public He​​alth


Updated 11/14

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