What You Need to Know:
The first case of Ebola has recently been diagnosed in the United States.  Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the U.S. is very low, the CDC is taking actions to prevent this from happening. 
Ebola is spreading through direct contact with:

  • Bodily fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, vomit, or sweat) of an infected person
  • Objects that have come into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola, such as bedding, needles, clothes or medical equipment

There is no FDA-approved vaccine available for Ebola.  However, several vaccines are under development but have yet to be fully tested.  


To Protect Yourself, the CDC Recommends:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol based hand sanitizers
  • Do not touch the blood or bodily fluids of people who are sick
  • Do not handle items that may have come into contact with a sick person blood or bodily fluids
  • Do not touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola

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