August 1, 2014
There has been a lot in the news lately about Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. Concerns among some were heightened when it was reported that two Americans infected with Ebola overseas would be brought back to the U.S. for treatment.
The CDC emphasizes there is "no significant risk" of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. It is spread only “through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids,” according to the World Health Organization.
The probability of contracting Ebola in the U.S. is low. Patients experiencing fever, headache, weakness, etc., while similar to Ebola symptoms, likely have another condition, such as the flu, and should visit their primary care provider for treatment.
To prevent contracting Ebola, avoid travel to endemic areas (e.g. Western Africa) and be cautious when in contact with anyone recently returned from that area, especially if they show signs of illness.
Heightened global awareness of any illness is also a good time to remember the universal precautions listed below to avoiding many types of illnesses.
CDC information on Ebola: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
May 15, 2014
Illnesses linked to newly identified organisms continue to emerge as a threat both in the U.S. and abroad. In May 2014, a new virus, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was identified in the U.S.
To protect yourself and others from illness, the CDC recommends following the universal precautions listed below.