No doubt, we are all concerned about the stories on the news concerning Ebola. With our concern, it is important to stay informed.
In Africa, the Ebola virus lives in bats without doing any harm to the host. People eat bats in Africa. Therefore, the Ebola virus can get into the human population.
The virus eventually saturates blood cells, skin, bones and lining of your vessel causing your body to shut down.
Ebola is not airborne like other viruses like Polio and Smallpox, for example. This virus more resembles the flu or cold in that you have to come into direct contact with the infected person’s bodily fluids.
1) It can spread without the infected person showing symptoms in the early stages of infection.
2) Droplets: When someone sneezes or cough they can let out droplets. If 1 droplet gets into your eyes, your mouth, your nose or an open wound, you will get infected.
3) Microscopic Mucous: In the same way as droplets, if you come into contact with an infected person’s mucous, you will get infected.
4) Some research suggests the Ebola virus can live up to 4 days outside of the host.
For more information on Ebola, you can go to the CDC website.