Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Advisory for travelers who have been to West Africa


If you have been to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone in the past month, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to Ebola. Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus; eight to 10 days is most common.

You can get Ebola only from: 

  • Contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or
  • Exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.

Ebola is not spread through air, water, or food.  It is not spread by individuals who have been exposed but have no symptoms.

Stay calm and get informed. Individuals from the affected areas, those who have traveled to the areas in the past month, and/or who are experiencing any of the symptoms should call 911; the Guilford County Department of Public Health, 336 641-7777; or Sebastian Health Center, 336 334-7880,  for more information.

The University of North Carolina system, N.C. A&T, and the system’s other constituent institutions are monitoring the outbreak of the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in West Africa and the public health response, both internationally and within North Carolina.  The General Administration has identified best practices for notification, planning, and response should it be necessary. This webpage provides the most accurate and current resources on the outbreak from global authorities.