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You Can Get Ebola Without Touching Someone's Blood, Vomit, or Diarrhea

On nearly every post about Ebola, someone makes the comment that unless you touched someone's blood, vomit, or diarrhea you will not get Ebola. Per the CDC, this is not the only way to contract Ebola.

Low risk exposures

A low risk exposure includes any of the following

  • Household contact with an EVD patient
  • Other close contact with EVD patients in health care facilities or community settings. Close contact is defined as
  • being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) of an EVD patient or within the patient's room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., health care personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., standard, droplet, and contact precautions; see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations)
  • having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD patient while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

"For purposes of monitoring and movement restrictions of persons with Ebola virus exposure, low risk is interpreted as some risk."

Therefore, there is a risk (albeit a "low" risk) of contracting Ebola through casual contact. I'm not saying everyone should start panicking yet. But spreading disinformation does not help either.

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