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i'm really scared about ebola, how is it transmitted ? and should people in the u.s be scared?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
America is a great: place to be at this time. There has been 1 case diagnosed in the US. The CDC & local/state medical authorities have closely monitored /contained contacts of Patient zero. We are blessed to have a well established medical infrastructure in the US - unlike some of the West African countries that are hardest hit at this time. Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact
Answered on Oct 31, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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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, eyes or any open wound.
Oct 10, 2014
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Avoid contact: Ebola is spread by direct contact with an infected person or the remains of a person dead of the disease. So stay away from West Africa and also be conscious of any cases in the rest of the world. US Public Health authorities are working hard to limit any spread and I believe will be successful. This is something to be intelligent about and not to be scared.
Answered on Nov 11, 2014

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