How to Protect Yourself from the Ebola Virus ABC7.com
As concern over ebola increases, here is advice from the CDC on how to
protect yourself against the illness, especially when traveling overseas.
- Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly
someone who is sick.
- Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected
person's blood or body fluids.
- Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
- Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do
not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
- Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy
or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.
- Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of
101.5F/ 38.6C) and any of the other following symptoms: headache, muscle
pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the
- Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.
According to the CDC, U.S. citizens should avoid all nonessential travel to
Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and take enhanced precautions when visiting
Nigeria. For travel notices and other information for travelers, visit the
Travelers' Health Ebola web page.