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Ebola Virus Disease

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  •  850-595-6683
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    Fax

    850-595-6268
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    Mailing Address

    Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 

     

     

Ebola viral disease is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals (like monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). It is caused by the Ebola virus.

Ebola virus is spread by directly touching an infected person or animal’s skin, blood, or body fluids. It cannot be spread simply by being near someone who is infected. Researchers believe that most Ebola outbreaks start when an animal carrying the Ebola virus infects a person, who can then infect other people.

Since the virus can survive on surfaces for a short period of time, people can be infected by touching objects (like needles or bed sheets) that contain infected blood or body fluids. During outbreaks, the disease can spread quickly within health care settings if workers do not wear protective gear and take proper precautions.

People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms, such as fever. The severity of the disease varies, but over 50% of patients with Ebola have died during past outbreaks. Researchers do not fully understand why some people who become sick with Ebola recover while others do not.

No confirmed cases of Ebola viral disease have been identified in Florida.

Further information about Ebola viral disease can be found on the CDC website.

Health Care Professionals can obtain more information here.

Location & Contact Information  

Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street

Ebola is immediately reportable, 24/7, by phone upon initial suspicion to the Florida Department of Health in Escambia at 850-595-6683 or after hours at 850-418-5566.