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Ebola Outbreak plagues West Africa

Ebola Outbreak West Africa 
Ebola Outbreak: It's important to know where you are traveling and what precautions you need to take when traveling in infected areas. A recent Ebola outbreak has plagued West Africa. As of March there have been approximately 1,201 cases reported and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa. The Ebola virus (Sudan, Bundibugyo, Taï Forest) is a rare and deadly disease native to African countries and is a bloodborne pathogen spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals.

Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, skin rash, red eyes, and in extreme case internal and external bleeding in patients. Go to the Emergency Room if you experience any of these symptoms immediately and have traveled to an infected areas.

Who is at risk? Travelers traveling in and outside Africa or who come in contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is sick or has died from Ebola, sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal. Health care providers caring for Ebola patients and family and friends in close contact with an ill person are at highest risk because they may come into contact with blood or body fluids.

What can travelers do to prevent Ebola? check out the list of requirements through the CDC site: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/ebola-liberia

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