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i am being deployed to liberia soon. im scared i may contract ebola. how easy is it to get from another human. do they have to be symptomatic?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ebola: Thankyou for your service to our country. It is very appreciated. Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, tears, blood, saliva, breast milk, semen, vomit, urine and stool. The virus can gain entry via cuts/ abrasions of skin, nose, mouth
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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eyes or any open wound. Being with the US military - you should be given Personal Protective Equipment. DON'T pet any dogs or other animals !! God Bless You & stay safe.
Oct 7, 2014
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Some suggestions: Ebola is transmitted by contact with infected material. It is important to use good hand washing, hand sanitizers and to Clorox wipes on computers and surfaces. The military and CDC have protocols in place to protect personnel. Your humanitarian service is very important in this effort.
Answered on Nov 11, 2014

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