GREAT NECK, NY – With a confirmed Ebola Virus case in Texas, the first to happen in the U.S., here is what people should know about this virus:
• You can catch it from contact with the bodily fluids, such as blood, vomit and sweat, of an infected person.
• Symptoms of being infected with the virus mimic the flu and other illnesses. They include fever, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle aches.
• There is a short incubation period when someone might not have symptoms of Ebola but could infect other people, explains Mark Jarrett, MD, chief quality officer for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. During this time, the amount of the virus that infected person has is slight and it is more common for people to infect others when they have noticeable symptoms.
• The North Shore-LIJ Health System has set up protocols and precautions to handle any potential Ebola virus patients. These include: asking patients about their recent travel history, isolating patients as soon as possible and healthcare workers wearing protective gear.
• One of the best ways to prevent infectious diseases such as Ebola is to properly wash your hands and do it often.
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