How do I protect myself against Ebola?

How do I protect myself against Ebola?

If you travel to an area or country affected by an Ebola outbreak used the following guide to protect yourself:

  • Wash hands frequently, ideally with soap and lots of water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Diluted solutions of hypochlorite (HOCl) or bleach will work too.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, in particular of 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 in West Africa where Ebola patients have been or are being treated.
  • Ask the U.S. Embassy or consulate. They are often able to provide advice on medical facilities.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of 101.5°F/ 38.6°C) 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 doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.

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