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If Exposed To Ebola

What to do if become ill

Get medical advice as soon as possible if you become ill while travelling abroad. Contact your GP if you become ill after returning from international travel or EVD effected area.

It’s extremely unlikely you have Ebola, but it could be another serious condition such as cholera or malaria, so it’s a good idea to get help in case you need tests or treatment.

Always remember to mention your recent travel history, as this will help identify what the problem could be.

Sometimes your doctor may want to take a sample of your blood, urine or stools so it can be checked for any infections.

Preparing for appointment

The possibility of contracting Ebola or Marburg virus is extremely low unless you’ve had direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person or animal.

If you think that you or a family member may have been exposed to one of the viruses, call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room immediately. If you’re not referred to an infectious disease specialist, ask to see one.

If you’re from the United States and traveling or working abroad, the nearest U.S. Embassy can help you find a doctor. If you’re from another country, contact your country’s embassy. Be sure to tell your doctor or hospital about your symptoms before your visit so that precautions can be taken to prevent transmission of the virus to others.

What to do

Before your appointment, to help your doctor find the cause of your symptoms, write a list that answers the following questions:

  • What symptoms do you have? When did they start?
  • Have you recently traveled in Africa? If so, what part?
  • If you were recently in Africa, did you hunt or eat monkeys?
  • Did you recently visit caves or underground mines in Africa?
  • Are you employed in a lab that uses monkeys from Africa or the Philippines in research?

If possible, take a family member or friend with you. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the information provided to you in the hospital or during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something you missed or forgot.

 

 

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References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ebola-virus/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20356264

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ebola/

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