The Ebola virus, while highly contagious, is not airborne. This means in order for Ebola transmission to occur, you must come in contact with blood or bodily fluid (like sweat or saliva) of someone who is infected. While the likelihood of catching the virus is very small, be on the lookout for some symptoms of the Ebola virus, including vomiting, diarrhea, fever, unexplained bleeding, headache and abdominal and muscle pain. Transmission can occur through contact with infected needles, medical equipment or animals. In addition, it is best to avoid contact with travelers who may have been exposed to the virus, as symptoms may not be displayed from the onset. The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history, with the disease being the most highly concentrated in West Africa. Chances of a major U.S., outbreak are slim, but it is still important to remain cautious in order to prevent the spread of Ebola.
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