Hello, its a very good question and I would have answered no several weeks ago. However, since the first case in Dallas, and all that we have learned since then, as well as the criticism that Dallas facility has faced, our hospitals nationwide have made great efforts to ensure we not only quickly identify suspected patients, but also make sure our staff on the front line are FULLY protected from any transmission.
The symptoms are almost identical: fever, myalgias, cough, congestion, then also nausea vomiting diarrhea
It cannot, the Ebola virus will not survive in the mosquitoe host
Per the CDC and all the data and science we have regarding Ebola, we have little reason to believe the incubation period is longer than 21 days.
We need a leader that can identify the best processes in conjuction with the CDC and WHO, and can mobilize resources quickly when necessary. If the newly appointed czar can do this, I'm comfortable.
As certain as we can be right now MIke. We do not have any known, directly attributable cases from the airborne virus.
Ebola is not a hearty virus, relatively labile, which means it does not survive long in any conditions outside of a live host. There is no reason to believe that the virus can survive and be contagious in an environment outside of immediate direct contact with bodily secretions of an infected host
We look for patients that fulfill 2 criteria: recent travel from West Africa with symptoms consistent with Ebola-like infection or; direct contact with a patient confirmed to have the Ebola infection.
I think the media needs to continue to spend time education the community about Ebola, how its transmitted, and decreasing the anxiety about the virus.
As of now, with the extremely low numbers of potential patients in the US, recommending masks in planes or any other public venue is unnecessary. However, if anyone wants to be ultra-safe, wiping down public surfaces that you know you're going to be in contact with is a good idea, more so to prevent the transmission of the common cold or flu.
That's a good question Lori, and currently a vaccine is being worked on with the hopes of being effective and completed soon
For a country to declare the epidemic to be over, it has to have NO new cases of Ebola for 42 days. They have done it by strict compliance to protocol and quarantine policy.
Greg, information about Ebola is all over the internet, but I would focus on the CDC.gov website, and its recommendations
At this time, 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
The most important things he needs to know are what the risk factors are to be able to quickly identify the infection, then once identified, the protocol that he must follow to minimize or eliminate the possibility of transmitting the virus to himself or others. All this information is published on the CDC website