The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest in history, currently affecting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Although the risk of an outbreak in the United States is very low, Montefiore has developed plans to identify, isolate and address patients who may be infected with Ebola as part of a broader city wide effort.
There are a variety of Ebola symptoms that appear within 2-21 days after exposure. Learn more about the symptoms.
Transmission is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids with a person who is sick with Ebola. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general food.
The FDA has not approved a vaccination for Ebola. Prevention is the best protection against Ebola. If you are in contact with a patient suspected of Ebola, take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Early diagnosis of Ebola is difficult because early symptoms such as fever are nonspecific to Ebola. However, if a person has symptoms of Ebola and has been in contact with a person sick with Ebola, they should be isolated and public health/healthcare providers notified.
Symptoms of Ebola are treated as they appear. Some basic interventions, when used early, can significantly improve the chances of survival. Early intervention can significantly improve the chances of survival.