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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), or simply Ebola, is a disease of humans and other mammals caused by an ebolavirus, which first emerged in humans in 1976. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting three countries in West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
The DC Department of Health and its partners are taking precautions to make sure the District of Columbia is well prepared to deal with any potential cases. We are proactively working with community partners as well as hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other health care providers throughout the city. We are also in close collaboration with our federal and international partners including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the White House, Health and Human Services (HHS), Hospital Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Trade Groups, among others, to share best practices in order to monitor and contain the disease.
Key factors to keep in mind to better understand Ebola:
- Ebola is not naturally occurring in the United States
- There are no Ebola cases in the District of Columbia
- The District is well prepared and equipped to manage public health issues such as Ebola
- Ebola is not airborne and cannot be transmitted like a cold or the flu
We are providing educational and technical information to assist you in understanding Ebola. We are also providing links to agency partner websites to complement the information provided on the DOH site. We encourage you to get a flu vaccine and update your immunizations to further protect yourself.
Please be assured that we are on the frontline in protecting the health and well-being of District of Columbia residents as well as those who work and play in our city
Active monitoring of travelers in the US from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is no longer recommended.
Update on Liberia
- Ebola Virus Disease Webinar Presentation - 11/10/2014
- Frequently Asked Questions About Ebola - Revised 11/20/2014
- Myths About Ebola
- Questions and Answers About Ebola and Pets
Clinicians and Health Care Providers
- Ebola Virus Investigation Protocol - Revised 06/30/2015
- Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease
- Ebola Virus Disease Evaluation Algorithm - Revised 11/20/2014
- Video - Personal Protective Equipment Procedures for Suspected Ebola Patients
- Labs Message - Safe Specimen Handling
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Ebola Information
- Ebola Patient Care Flow Chart - EMS - Revised 06/30/2015
- Ebola Patient Care Flow Chart - Nursing Home - Revised 06/30/2015
- Ebola Patient Care Flow Chart - Outpatient Clinic - Revised 06/30/2015
- Ebola Patient Care Flow Chart - School Nurse - Revised 06/30/2015
- Ebola Patient Care Flow Chart - Emergency Department - Revised 06/30/2015
Information for Travelers
- Voluntary Reporting Agreement for Travelers with No Patient Contact - (last revised 11/20/2014)
- Voluntary Reporting and Isolation Agreement for Travelers with Patient Contact - (last revised 11/20/2014)
- Active Monitoring of Recent Travelers - Revised 06/30/15
Information for Employers
- Active Monitoring of Recent Travelers - Revised 06/30/2015