From The CDC: Important Facts About Ebola You Need To Know

infographicThere has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the Ebola virus. Specifically around an outbreak in West Africa, where the virus has killed 932 people as of August 7th, 2014, according to the World Health Organization. Along with an outbreak as serious as this also comes the media’s take. That being said, we at International Travel Care thought it would be helpful to share some facts about Ebola and what you need to do to stay safe and healthy.

According to the CDC, here is what you need to know:

When an infection does occur in humans, there are several ways in which the virus can be transmitted to others. These include:

  • direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person
  • exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions

The viruses that cause Ebola HF are often spread through families and friends because they come in close contact with infectious secretions when caring for ill persons.

During outbreaks of Ebola HF, the disease can spread quickly within health care settings (such as a clinic or hospital). Exposure to ebolaviruses can occur in health care settings where hospital staff are not wearing appropriate protective equipment, such as masks, gowns, and gloves.

Proper cleaning and disposal of instruments, such as needles and syringes, is also important. If instruments are not disposable, they must be sterilized before being used again. Without adequate sterilization of the instruments, virus transmission can continue and amplify an outbreak

Also, please refer to the attached infographic, which illustrates that you can’t get ebolavirus through air, water, or food.

International Travel Care is a travel clinic in the Minneapolis metro area. Though there isn’t a vaccination available to protect against Ebola, it’s important to take safety precautions against other health risks when traveling abroad, since the risk of becoming infected by Ebola rises in a medical setting. Contact us today for a safe travel consultation! Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn to get all of our weekly updates!

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