County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
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Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF)
is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe,
often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as
monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
Ebola can spread from person-to-person through direct contact
with the blood or secretions of an infected person or exposure
to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with
infected bodily fluids.
Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not
transmitted through the air. Individuals who are not symptomatic
are not contagious. Currently, there is an Ebola outbreak
occurring in these countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone,
and the cities Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and Dakar,
Senegal. A separate outbreak also is ongoing in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. There is the potential for further spread to
other neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant
risk to the U.S. public. There are
cases in the United States including Los Angeles County.