Ebola Resources for Families

Ebola virus

Tips for Parents

Our experts offer tips on how to talk to children of different ages about Ebola.

Ebola is a rare and serious disease that is contagious only through contact with bodily fluids. The risk of transmission to the general United States public is low. Becoming infected requires direct, physical contact with the bodily fluids of people who are infected with the Ebola virus. Ebola is not spread through casual contact, air, water, and food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medical and public health experts say the likelihood of any outbreak in the United States is very low.

Children’s National is not currently treating any patients with Ebola. Our team is working with federal and local agencies and following the most up to date and comprehensive guidance to protect our patients, staff, and visitors. 

Travel Advisory for Children's National Visitors:

If you have visited West Africa within 21 days, please notify a Children’s National team member when you check in.

This is the world's largest Ebola outbreak in history and the situation is changing frequently. CDC offers regular Outbreak Updates and an Outbreak Distribution Map, and we encourage families to check with the CDC for the latest information. 

In This Section:

Tips for Talking to Children About Ebola

Ebola can be a scary and sensitive topic. Given the news coverage, children may ask questions or worry that they or their loved ones might become infected. 

Ebola Preparedness

Children’s National has the expertise and facilities to care for pediatric patients with a wide range of communicable diseases, including Ebola. 

Signs and Symptoms

Ebola is often characterized by high fever, muscle pain, unexplained bleeding, and severe headache.

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