Ebola: After You Travel

This page provides information for people traveling from an area with an Ebola outbreak. There are currently no ongoing Ebola outbreaks. 

 

Ebola spreads through direct contact with blood or body fluids (saliva, semen, sweat, feces, vomit, and others) of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.

If you have traveled from the outbreak area, pay attention to your health for 21 days after you leave the outbreak area. Watch for:

  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or feeling feverish
  • Headache or body aches
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

Take your temperature if you feel sick.

What to Do if You Get Sick After Travel

If you develop signs or symptoms of Ebola

  • Separate yourself from others (isolate).
  • Call a doctor. Tell the doctor your symptoms and that you were recently in a country with an Ebola outbreak.
  • You can also contact your local health department to ask where you should go for medical care. Tell the health department about your recent travel and your symptoms. The health department can help the facility prepare to provide care for you and take the necessary precaution as needed.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  • Do not travel while sick. Travel only when you have been cleared by a doctor or health official.