facts about ebola in the U.S.Ebola Facts and Resources 

While a large Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, the risk of an outbreak in the United States is very small.  There are currently NO confirmed cases of Ebola in Montgomery County or in the Washington area. A nurse who cared for an Ebola patient in Dallas, Texas was treated at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, which is specially equipped to handle such cases.  She was discharged from NIH on October 24, 2014.

If there is a confirmed case of Ebola infection in a Montgomery County resident, the County’s Department of Health and Human Services and local hospitals will work together to respond and limit spread of the disease.   

This page contains the most current information for health care facilities and the general public. 

Key information about how Ebola spreads: 

  • Ebola is NOT spread through the air or by water or by food. 
  • A person infected with Ebola virus in NOT contagious until symptoms appear. 
  • The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose or mouth) with the blood or bodily fluids (such as urine, feces, saliva, semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or infected animals. 

For the general public: 

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For health care workers and facilities: 

For EMS and public safety personnel: 

For oral health professionals (dental): 

Updated: 10/28/14