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With the recent cases of Ebola across the United States there has been a short of hysteria spreading. There are people walking around with face masks & covering themselves in plastic. Let’s not all lose our heads.
Ebola is a very serious thing & obviously fatal, but I think instead of panicking it is important to educate ourselves on its transmission & symptoms.
According to the CDC, symptoms of Ebola which typically occur between 2 & 21 days are: fever, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, muscle pain & unexplained bleeding or bruising.
Transmission takes place most to close relations & caretakers because in order to become effected you must come in contact with bodily fluids. Below is an excerpt from the CDC’S official website:
“When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus infected fuit bats or primates (apes and monkeys) Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food.”
As you can see, simply breathing the same air will not infect you, nor will generally touching the same things, unless the infected person has open wounds or excessive sweating.
Please do not go around thinking every sick person you encounter has Ebola. It is getting cold, it is the beginning of cold & flu season as well. If you truly believe either you or someone close to use is infected, seek a doctor immediately. It can be treated if it is caught early. For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/index.html?mobile=nocontent&s_cid=cs_3923.