Can Ebola be prevented?

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There is no FDA-approved vaccine available for Ebola. Experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. To protect yourself from Ebola:
  • DO wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do NOT touch others' blood or other body fluids (including but not limited to pee, poop, saliva, vomit, sweat and semen).
  • Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment.
  • Do NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.
  • Do NOT eat or handle bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food).
  • Do NOT have contact with the semen from a man who has had Ebola until you know Ebola is gone from his semen. 
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Ebola

Ebola

Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It is caused by a family of viruses that originate in central and west Africa. The disease is rare and occurs in sporadic outbreaks. Ebola is spread through direct co...

ntact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals or objects, such as needles or bedsheets, that have been contaminated with the virus. Your risk of contracting Ebola is very low unless you visit an area where it is widespread. There are no approved treatments for the disease, but some experimental treatments have shown promise. Vaccines are currently under development.
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