Facts about Ebola


Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola is very difficult to contract and is spread ONLY by contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person.

While Ebola continues to pose little risk to the general population in the U.S., Penn State officials are carefully monitoring the situation that continues in the Ebola-impacted areas of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, as well as Mali (added on Nov. 17). Penn State health professionals and administrators are closely following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and are in regular communication with those agencies.

The University has prepared this page to provide the Penn State community with information about Ebola Virus Disease, answer frequently asked questions and provide links to additional resources and guidelines. This site will be kept up-to-date with the latest information as the situation continues to evolve. You can also keep up with the latest information on Penn State News, at http://news.psu.edu/tag/Ebola.

As always, students, faculty and staff with immediate medical concerns should call 911, or contact University Health Services or their physician.


Mali added to list of affected countries requiring Ebola screening

Beginning Nov. 17, air travelers to the United States whose trip starts in Mali also will be required to enter the U.S. through one of the five airports (New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago) that have enhanced screening in place for the Ebola virus.

If you are traveling from Mali to the United States:

  • You should be prepared for screeners to check your temperature and look for signs and symptoms of illness. You will also be asked to answer questions about possible exposures to someone with Ebola.
  • You will be given a CARE (Check and Report Ebola) Kit with information about Ebola and tools to help you check your temperature and symptoms each day for 21 days.

For more information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/ebola-mali.