Ebola is a rare and serious disease that is contagious only through contact with bodily fluids. Medical and public health experts say the likelihood of any outbreak in the United States is very 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).
Children’s National Hospital is not currently treating any patients with the Ebola virus. 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.
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Tips for Talking to Your Child About Ebola
Take a look at tips for parents on how to talk to their children about Ebola as well as precautions they can take to slim their chances of catching the virus in the United States.
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.
The world's largest Ebola outbreak in history was in 2014, and the situation is changing frequently. We encourage families to check with the CDC for the latest information, outbreak updates and outbreak distribution map.