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Ebola Facts

Facts About Ebola in the US

West Africa is in the midst of one of the largest Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks on record, centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Although the spread of Ebola is still accelerating in West Africa, an outbreak in the United States, an area with greater resources and a more developed healthcare system, would be readily contained. Knowing how the virus spreads and promoting that information to our community is key. This page allows the Worcester Division of Public Health to update the community with up-to-date and factual information and guidelines on Ebola Virus Disease.

Information for Residents

You can't get Ebola from:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food

You can only get Ebola from:

  • Touching the blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died of Ebola.
  • Touching contaminated objects, like needles.
  • Touching infected animals, their blood or other bodily fluids, or their meat.

There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Massachusetts.
The outbreak in West Africa is currently limited to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In order to be considered to possibly have Ebola, a person must have:

  • Recently traveled to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone
  • Been in contact with a person who is sick with Ebola
  • Show symptoms of Ebola

Early symptoms of Ebola include:

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

If you think that you or someone you know may be sick with Ebola, call your health care provider for advice and direction.

For more information:
Call us at (508) 799-8531 or email

How DPH is responding to Ebola in the US:

  • Local, regional, state and federal officials are in routine contact with health officials at CDC, who in turn partner with WHO and other global health organizations to ensure that the latest and most up-to-date information about the Ebola outbreak is available to health agencies around the world.
  • The Department has been proactively communicating with doctors, EMS providers, local health, hospitals and other health care facilities in Massachusetts to share the latest information on the status of the outbreak.
  • We also have provided these partners with clinical guidance on identifying suspect cases of Ebola virus, safely handling lab specimens and appropriate protocols of care for patients - and will continue to provide updated guidance as new information becomes available.
  • DPH is committed to working with our local public health and healthcare partners so that our healthcare system is prepared to effectively respond in the extremely unlikely event that a person with symptoms of Ebola virus arrives here.
  • Downloadable CDC Flyer on Ebola

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