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Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola is also known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). There are five Ebola subspecies, four of which are known to cause the disease. Ebola viral disease is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals (like monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River in the country now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in several African countries.

Outbreaks of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were identified on February 14, 2021 in  N’Zérékoré Prefecture Province of Guinea and the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CDC has issued an order requiring airlines and other aircraft operators to collect and transmit to the CDC contact information for passengers who were in Guinea and DRC within 21 days before their arrival in the United States.

Are you at risk of contracting the Ebola virus? Learn more about the risk factors.

Page last updated: May 13, 2021