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Questions and answers on Ebola
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    What is Ebola? -- What are the signs and symptoms of Ebola? -- How is Ebola spread? -- Who is most at risk of getting Ebola? -- Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any fever or symptoms? -- If someone survives Ebola, can he or she still spread the virus? -- Can Ebola be spread through mosquitos? -- Could Ebola be brought to the U.S. through imported animals? -- How is Ebola treated? -- How do I protect myself against Ebola? -- Can hospitals in the United States care for an Ebola patient? -- How can healthcare providers protect themselves? -- What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane? -- What do I do if I’m returning to the U.S. from the area where the outbreak is occurring? -- What do I do if I am traveling to an area where the outbreak is occurring? -- Should people traveling to Africa be worried about the outbreak? -- Why were the ill Americans with Ebola brought to the U.S. for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public? -- What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers? -- Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.? -- What is CDC doing in the U.S.?

    Updated: August 28, 2014

    The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. The current outbreak is affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone but does not pose a significant risk to the United States.

    CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and continues to send public health experts to the affected countries.

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