Update 3/5/21: There are currently cases of Ebola reported in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Guinea. Travelers coming into the United States will be funneled through six airports, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where these travelers will be screened for symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The risk for importation of Ebola virus into the United States and California is low but not zero. Therefore, healthcare providers in hospitals, emergency departments, and clinics are reminded to have protocols in place to ask patients with signs or symptoms of acute and possibly infectious illness about recent international travel.
If a Long Beach provider suspects Ebola in a patient who has recently travelled to DRC or Guinea, call the Long Beach Health Department immediately at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours or the on-call duty officer at 562.500.5537.
Learn the Facts about Ebola:
Ebola is a rare, serious disease. It is spread from person to person through direct contact with the body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, urine, diarrhea, and sweat of someone who is sick with Ebola. The virus can also be spread through needles or sharp objects that have been tainted with any of these fluids. The Ebola virus is not transmitted through air or food, or by the bite or sting from mosquitoes or other insects.
Most people infected with the Ebola virus will develop symptoms within 8-10 days; however, it can take as short as 2 days or up to 21 days for people with the virus to show symptoms. People with Ebola can only pass the infection when they are sick with fever and/or other symptoms, such as headache, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, or abnormal bleeding. People who do not have symptoms cannot spread Ebola.
There is no specific treatment or medicine that cures Ebola. Treatment is supportive, meaning patients are treated in the hospital to help with symptoms.
More on Ebola
How Long Beach is Prepared for Ebola Fact Sheet (Long Beach Health Department)
Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola (Los Angeles County Public Health)
Facts about Ebola (CDC)
What you need to know about Ebola (CDC)
How is Ebola Spread (CDC)
Ebola Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
Informacion en Espanol
Preguntas Mas Frecuentes, Enfermedad del Virus del Ebola (Los Angeles County Public Health)
Informacion Sobre el Virus del Ebola (CDC)
Brote de la enfermedad del Ebola (CDC)
Preguntas y respuestas sobre la enfermedad y el virus del Ebola (CDC)
For further questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Health Ebola hotline:
(855) 421-5921 Monday through Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm