With at least four 4 suspected cases, including 1 death, of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being reported in Lagos, Nigeria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers to Nigeria protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are ill with Ebola.

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The cases of Ebola in Nigeria are related to an ongoing Ebola outbreak that has been occurring in West Africa. Unlike the travel notices issued by the federal health agency for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, where the CDC urged all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to the affected areas–a Level 3 Warning, the notice for Nigeria is a Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions.

The CDC notes that travelers could be infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is sick or has died from Ebola, sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal.

Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease. The disease is native to several African countries and is caused by infection with one of the ebolaviruses (Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, or Taï Forest virus). Looking for a job in health care? Check here to see what’s available

Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Skin rash, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page