Facts about Ebola
At a time when Ebola is all over the news, here are the clear-cut facts about Ebola. Get informed and share this information with your friends and family to make sure they know the facts about Ebola.
How do you get the Ebola virus?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease, including:
- Bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola (blood, vomit, pee, poop, sweat, semen, spit, other fluids).
- Objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment).
- Infected animals (by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat).
Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact, air, water, or food grown or legally purchased in the United States.
What are the symptoms of the Ebola virus?
The early symptoms of the Ebola virus include:
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
- Muscle pain
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common. Ebola can only be spread to others after symptoms begin.
When is someone able to spread the disease to others?
In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms or has died of the disease.
Ebola only spreads when people are sick. A patient must have symptoms to spread the disease to others. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious.
After 21 days, if an exposed person does not develop symptoms, they will not become sick with Ebola.
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