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Ebola: What are the symptoms and how is it transmitted?

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Passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 have been asked to contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a health care worker on that flight, identified as Amber Vinson, tested positive for Ebola.

The number to call is 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Click here for more on the flight.

Frontier said that Vinson did not show symptoms or signs of illness during the flight.

Health officials said patients are not contagious until they show symptoms.

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days, according to the CDC.

SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:

 

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

 

"Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years," the CDC said on its website.

TRANSMISSION:

According to the CDC, when an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with

  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus.

 CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE CDC.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE SPREAD OF THE EBOLA VIRUS.

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