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Ebola Virus

As awareness about Ebola virus disease has increased, so have understandable but often unnecessary fears. The Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) is dedicated to provide residents of Nashville/Davidson County with the most timely and accurate information about the Ebola Virus.

Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in Africa, near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, there is a large Ebola outbreak in three West African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) website for the most up-to-date information on the Ebola outbreak. The first-ever U.S. case of Ebola was diagnosed in late September, when a patient who had traveled from West Africa to Texas became sick.

MPHD is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all residents.

The Tennessee Department of Health created a hotline to answer community questions about the Ebola Virus. If you would like more information please call 1-877-857-2945.

General Information about Ebola

Frequently Asked Questions
Health Evaluation for Return Travelers (Ebola map)
Ebola Facts Handout: Facts about Ebola
Ebola Facts Handout: More Facts about Ebola
Community Meeting: Message from the Director of Health

Guidance Information

Algorithm for Outpatient Clinics

Ebola Training for First Responders
Training conducted by Dr. Corey Slovis, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Chairman of Emergency Medicine

Guidance for Administrative Staff and Schools and Child Care Centers
Guidance for Colleges and Universities

Steps to take for Possible Ebola Suspect

For more information please visit:

Centers for Disease Control
Tennessee Department of Health

If you visited one of the affected countries and develop fever within 21 days after leaving that country, seek medical care right away. Make sure to tell your doctor if you had direct contact with a person who might have had Ebola. Be sure to alert the doctor’s office or emergency room about your symptoms before going so that arrangements can be made, if needed, to prevent others from becoming sick. For more information call 1-877-857-2945.