What You Need to Know About
Ebola Virus Disease
In some people, Ebola virus causes symptoms similar to influenza virus, such as fevers, headache, muscle pains, vomiting, or diarrhea. In other people it causes severe illness with bruising, bleeding, and other life-threatening symptoms.
Ebola can only be spread from person to person through direct contact – when body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, saliva, or vomit of someone who has Ebola virus disease comes into contact with the broken skin, the eyes, or the mouth of someone who is not infected.
Ebola virus has never been transmitted by blood transfusion.
However, we are being very cautious, so if you have been told by public health authorities that you may have been exposed to someone with
Ebola virus disease, DO NOT donate blood for 28 days following your last contact with the infected person.
Important Points to Remember
- Donating blood is a safe process, and people should not hesitate
to give or receive blood.
- The top priority of the blood banking industry is the safety of blood recipients, donors, and staff.
- Although Ebola virus has never been transmitted by blood donation,
we are being very cautious while the epidemic unfolds in Africa.
- Individuals who have traveled to countries where Ebola is prevalent
are currently deferred from blood donation because those
areas are also considered to be at risk for malaria.
- Any potential donor with a temperature above 99.5°F is automatically deferred.
- Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And that
need can only be met through the generosity of volunteer blood donors.
Call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663).