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CDC: Top 10 Things You REALLY Need to Know About Ebola

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   in 
December 10, 2014

10. Your dog or cat is not spreading Ebola.

There have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals. Because the risk of an Ebola outbreak spreading rapidly in the United States is very low, the risk to pets is also very low.


9. Food and drinks imported into the United States from West Africa are safe to eat and drink.

To date, no one has been infected with Ebola from foods that are imported into the United States. You can’t get Ebola from food grown or legally purchased in the United States.


8. Mosquitoes are the deadliest insects in the world, but they don’t carry Ebola.

There have been no reports of mosquitoes or other insects transmitting Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have become infected with Ebola virus and spread it. Mosquitoes do carry other organisms, like malaria and West Nile virus, that can make people very sick, and sometimes even cause death.


7. Your family members, coworkers, and neighbors 7 returning from countries with Ebola outbreaks don’t pose a danger to you and your family.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) from a person sick with Ebola. Not everyone coming from countries with Ebola outbreaks has been in contact with someone who has Ebola. Travelers coming from countries with a large Ebola outbreak will be given a CARE (Check and Report Ebola) kit at the airport to help monitor themselves for Ebola symptoms. In addition, they will be actively monitored, meaning they are checked on at least once a day by public health officials. It’s safe for you and your family to be around people being monitored as long as they do not have signs or
symptoms of Ebola.


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