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About Ebola

Maimonides Medical Center is actively involved in the Ebola preparedness activities recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the New York State and New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene. We ensure the latest recommendations from the CDC are implemented, and that our staff has the appropriate training and supplies to respond effectively to any patient with Ebola-like symptoms, or any other communicable disease. 



The Ebola virus is very difficult to catch. It is not airborne, and can only be transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of an infected individual (blood, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen). Further, those infected cannot spread the disease during the incubation period. Only people with active symptoms are contagious. These factors make Ebola far less contagious than most infectious diseases.



Symptoms of Ebola include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, unexplained bleeding and stomach pain. These symptoms are similar to those of many other illnesses. It can take up to 21 days for symptoms of Ebola to appear, but the CDC says the average is 8-10 days.

To learn more about Ebola transmission, symptoms and treatment, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) website.