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Live in michigan work in healthcare will i get ebola?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Owen
Emergency Medicine 42 years experience
Odds remain low.: It remains unlikely, albeit not impossible, that you will contract Ebola. The odds of doing so are low to begin with and drop precipitously the farther you are from Ebola geographically and from a "risk of exposure" standpoint - i.e. not a health care worker, not exposed to large numbers of people, and exercising reasonable caution to avoid body fluid contact.
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Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infection control: We can't predict whether you might be exposed to Ebola virus or any other infectious agent. The best defense is to follow infection control procedures, including washing hands and wearing personal protective gear.
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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 44 years experience
Healthcare risk: You are probably far more likely to get hepatitis or other infection from blood exposure or needle stick. You are probably more likely to get attacked by a patient or visitor. There are risks that we all assume as healthcare workers, but Ebola in Michigan is quite low.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
There has been: 1 case diagnosed in the US - & the contacts from patient zero are being well monitored & contained. The 5 patients who were evacuated for treatment went to biocontainment hospitals. There are 4 biocontainment hospitals in the US : Emory Univ Hospital (Atlanta, GA), National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska) & ST Patrick Hospital (Missoula, Montana). >
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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Plus now also a nurse in the United States in Dallas Texas
Oct 13, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks so much Dr. Goldman. Looks like the nurse had repeat contact with patient zero. ** If you don't work at one of those biocontainment Centers or the Texas health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas - you would be unlikely to come in contact with any patients with Ebola. Take care.
Oct 13, 2014

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