A 29-year-old male asked:
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if ebola cannot go through skin, why do people wear the full body gear? i know its difficult tot make that call, but can ebola infect through skin?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ebola: Ebola can be passed via blood, saliva, vomit, feces, urine, sweat, tears, mucus, semen and breast milk. It is not an airborne pathogen. That means that any of those substances can make it on to you. Even if it is on your clothes, you could touch the contaminated area with your hand and when you wipe your nose or rub your eye - it can enter through a mucus membrane.
Answered on May 17, 2017

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