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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)

Mobilizing leadership in science and prevention for a healthier nation

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) oversees 12 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps — as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. 

 

Facts About Ebola in the U.S.

It is extraordinarily unlikely that Ebola would spread widely in the United States both because the disease requires direct contact with bodily fluid of someone who is infected with and has symptoms of Ebola. And because the United States has a strong health care system and dedicated public health professionals who are prepared to treat any individuals who may have symptoms of Ebola.

To be clear, Ebola is hard to contract:

  • You can’t get Ebola through the air.
  • You can’t get Ebola through the water.
  • You can’t get Ebola through food in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the most extensive and up-to-date information on Ebola here and abroad. Please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/ebola for more information on Ebola.

 

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Content last reviewed on December 9, 2014