Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ebola: Get the facts

Over the past few months, the Ebola virus has been a top news story. It’s only natural to be concerned. The best action you can take is to get the facts. Be aware that there is misinformation on the Internet. The most reliable information you can get on the Ebola situation nationally and locally will be from the Centers for Disease Control, the Washington State Department of Health, and your local health department.

What you need to know:

  • Those most at risk of getting Ebola are healthcare workers and family members caring for someone who is sick with Ebola; the risk to the general public is very low. 
  • There are no confirmed cases in Washington State. 
  • Ebola can only be spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids (like blood, vomit, urine, feces, semen, sweat, saliva) of someone who is sick with the disease. 
  • You do not get Ebola from casual contact with others, air, water or food that is commercially available in the U.S. 
  • A person with Ebola is only contagious when they are showing symptoms.

More information about Ebola:

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