What precautions should I take if I'm in an Ebola-affected area?

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If you must travel to an area with an Ebola outbreak, make sure to practice careful hygiene and avoid contact with the blood and body fluids of others, especially sick people.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
  • Avoid contact with dead bodies in areas with Ebola, including participating in funeral and burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Do not eat or handle bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food), and avoid contact with bats and nonhuman primates (apes and monkeys) or the blood, fluids, and raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If you think you might have Ebola, get medical care immediately. Healthcare workers who may be exposed to people with Ebola should wear appropriate personal protective equipment and practice proper infection control and sterilization measures. 

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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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