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Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). It is caused by the Ebola virus.
Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in Africa, near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Currently, there is a large Ebola outbreak in three West African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The first-ever U.S. case of Ebola was diagnosed in late September, when a patient who had traveled from West Africa to Texas became sick.
General Information about Ebola
If you visited one of the affected countries and develop fever within three weeks after leaving that country, seek medical care right away. Make sure to tell your doctor if you had direct contact with a person who might have had Ebola. Be sure to alert the doctor’s office or emergency room about your symptoms before going so that arrangements can be made, if needed, to prevent others from becoming sick. For more information or to order print materials on Ebola, call 311.