The City of Long Beach and our partners are working to ensure our community is prepared for Ebola if it arrives in Long Beach. We want to reassure Long Beach residents that there are no suspect or confirmed cases of Ebola in California, Los Angeles County, or Long Beach and the risk of an Ebola virus outbreak in the US remains low. The current Ebola epidemic is primarily affecting the two West African countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone (Mali and Liberia also had cases during the outbreak but there have been no cases from these countries recently). The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States was confirmed on September 30, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
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