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What YOU need to know about Ebola

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The CDC is trying to ease concerns Americans may have about the Ebola virus. The CDC is trying to ease concerns Americans may have about the Ebola virus.
KHQ.COM - - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the confirmation of the second Ebola case in a hospital worker. That hospital worker was taken to a medical center in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Health officials say the worker contracted Ebola at a Dallas hospital after treating a patient there. 

We've received a lot of calls from concerned viewers asking if they should be worried about Ebola spreading. The short answer is there doesn't appear to be much of a cause for concern. CDC Director Frieden said he had no doubt that they can control this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in the US. 

But still, many of you have concerns, so here are some answer to some of the most frequently asked questions:

Q: What is Ebola?

A: Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common.

Q: How is Ebola transmitted?

A: Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Q: Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

A: No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Q: Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

A: No. Ebola is not transmitted through food in the United States. It is not transmitted through water.

Q: Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn't have any symptoms?

A: No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. 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.


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