Some facts about the Ebola Virus

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Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died October 8th, at the Texas Presbyterian Health Hospital, in Dallas. Switchboard of Miami offers its condolences to his family and friends.  

He is believed to be the first person diagnosed with the virus inside the United States.

We at Switchboard understand that the news of Mr. Duncan’s death may precipitate questions and a certain level of preoccupation and anxiety from the community so, we would like to offer the excerpts from a fact sheet, produced by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services:

-Although Ebola is a highly destructive disease, it is not a highly contagious disease.

Here are the facts you should know about Ebola:

What is Ebola? 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.

How is Ebola transmitted? 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.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air? No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water? No. Ebola is not transmitted through food in the United States. It is not transmitted through water.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms? 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.

Click here for more: Questions and Answers about Ebola

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