Diseases and Conditions

Viral hemorrhagic fevers

Risk factors

Living in or traveling to an area where a particular viral hemorrhagic fever is common will increase your risk of becoming infected with that particular virus. Other factors that can increase your risk include:

  • Working with infected people
  • Slaughtering or eating infected animals
  • Sharing needles to use intravenous drugs
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Working outdoors or in rat-infested buildings
  • Being exposed to infected blood or other body fluids