Ebola and Marburg: After You Travel

This page provides information for people traveling to the United States from an area with an Ebola or Marburg outbreak. 

  • There are currently no ongoing Ebola or Marburg outbreaks.

Ebola and Marburg spread 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 or Marburg. You can also get Marburg from contact with a type of fruit bat found in Africa or the bats’ body fluids.

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
  • Rash
  • 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 or Marburg

  • Separate yourself from others (isolate).
  • Call your local health department for advice about medical care. Tell the health department about your recent travel from a country with an Ebola or Marburg outbreak and your symptoms so they can identify the best healthcare facility for you to go to. The health department can help the facility prepare to provide care for you and take any precautions needed.
  • If you can’t reach your health department, call a healthcare provider. Tell them your symptoms and that you were recently in a country with an Ebola or Marburg outbreak. Calling ahead before going to a healthcare facility helps the facility prepare for your arrival, including contacting the health department and take any precautions needed.
  • Do not travel while sick. Travel only when you have been cleared by a doctor or health official.