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How can an Ebola outbreak be stopped?

Rapid case finding and proper infection control are critical for stopping Ebola outbreaks. Contact tracing is used to identify new cases of Ebola quickly and to isolate patients as soon as they start to show symptoms, preventing spread of the disease to others. Even one missed contact can mean Ebola will continue to spread. Infection prevention and control in communities and health facilities, including personal protective equipment, isolation of patients, and safe burials, protects community members and health workers. These methods have been used successfully in each of the previous 20 Ebola outbreaks.

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