(1) CDC response to question: Can I provide dental services to someone who has recently been in West Africa?
CDC works with partners at ports of entry into the United States to help prevent infectious diseases, like Ebola, from being introduced and spread in the United States.
A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms of Ebola include fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water or, in general, by food.
Dental providers should continue to follow standard infection control protocols.
(2) Resources to protect healthcare personnel
(3) Workplace Safety & Health Page by CDC's National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) That Addresses Ebola
(4) Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)