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originally posted by: Hijinx
a reply to: khnum
Don't ingest blood, feces or vomit of an infected individual and you should be fine... It's actually that #ing easy.
These people who are getting sick had direct contact with the ill, and obviously ingested these materials as that's about the only way to get it.
Ebola has been detected in blood and many body fluids. Body fluids include saliva, mucus, vomit, feces, sweat, tears, breast milk, urine and semen.
Can Ebola spread by coughing? By sneezing?
Unlike respiratory illnesses like measles or chickenpox, which can be transmitted by virus particles that remain suspended in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes, Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with body fluids of a person who has symptoms of Ebola disease. Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.
If Ebola were to mutate on its path from human to human, said Russell and other scientists, its virulence might wane — or it might spread in ways not observed during past outbreaks, which were stopped after transmission among just two to three people, before the virus had a greater chance to evolve. The present outbreak in West Africa has killed approximately 3,400 people, and there is no medical cure for Ebola. "I see the reasons to dampen down public fears," Russell said. "But scientifically, we're in the middle of the first experiment of multiple, serial passages of Ebola virus in man.... God knows what this virus is going to look like. I don't."
She added Ms Kovack would continue to be monitored for at least another 24 hours. “This is a necessary precaution given the patients has been to West Africa and has had a fever within the incubation period of 21 days,” Dr Young said. “For the sake of her health and to follow due diligence, we want to be sure she is clear of Ebola virus disease as well as any other disease.”
Dr Young said Ms Kovack’s fever was improving but she was still suffering symptoms including a sore throat and feeling generally unwell.
originally posted by: idonthavemanyfriends
originally posted by: BasementWarriorKryptonite
I've had a friggin gut full of goody two shoes people travelling to help other people and bring back their disease which we then have to deal with!
Ban travel to and from these places now, if only to stop these bleeding hearts from getting the rest of the world sick - and dead.
I think thats a little bit harsh, and hard to do, IMO airlines can't and won't, completely isolate a country or part of the world. Money is money.
But I can concur that more organized humanitarian efforts would stop the spread of Ebola to all humanitarian harboring countries