Know the Facts About Ebola: A Doctors Express Medical Minute Alert

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What you should know about: Ebola:
In the news on a daily basis, we are hearing more and more about the great concern around the spread of Ebola, primarily in central and west African nations of Sierra Leon, which has infected at least 4,000 people as of this writing in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. There have been a few cases of American doctors who have treated infected people, returning to the U.S. infected with the virus as well. wants to keep you informed on the latest information on Ebola
What is Ebola?
Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes bleeding inside and outside the body.
As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding accompanied by a very high fever. The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90% of people who are infected. It is a very serious infection.
How Do You Get Ebola?
Ebola isn’t as contagious as more common viruses like colds, influenza, or measles. It spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal, like a monkey, chimp, or fruit bat. It then moves from person to person the same way. Those who care for a sick person or bury someone who has died from the disease often get it.
Other ways to get Ebola include touching contaminated needles or surfaces. You cannot get Ebola from air, water, or food. A person who has Ebola but has no symptoms can’t spread the disease, either.
Could we see an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.?
It is highly unlikely. According to the CDC, as of now there is no significant risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States. There are strong safety measures in place for people who have Ebola and are brought to the U.S. for treatment.


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