Understanding How Ebola Is Transmitted

There has been a lot of news – and misconceptions – surrounding the Ebola virus and its spread in various countries, including in the United States. The University of Southern California and its online MPH program recently released a compilation of studies to debunk the misconceptions and explain better how the Ebola virus is transmitted. According to the infographic, the Ebola virus spreads through human to human transmissions, usually through contact of broken skin or mucous membranes.

The virus itself spreads through bodily fluids of infected people or through surfaces – clothing or bedding – contaminated with these fluids. Other than that, the fruit bats of West Africa are said to be a natural carrier of the Ebola virus.

Fortunately, there are symptoms that can be easily recognized. Fast anticipation of virus transmission can be conducted by preventing transfer of bodily fluids and limiting contact with the contaminated surfaces once these symptoms are seen.

You can find out more about the Ebola virus and its spread in the United States from the How Ebola Spreads infographic from the University of Southern California.

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