How can an Ebola outbreak be stopped?

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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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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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