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CDC Says Clinicians Should Look for Ebola, Despite Low Odds of It Spreading Beyond Africa — Physician’s First Watch
CDC Says Clinicians Should Look for Ebola, Despite Low Odds of It Spreading Beyond Africa
By Kelly Young
Given the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the CDC is reminding clinicians to test and isolate sick people traveling to the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
In a press conference on Monday, the CDC encouraged physicians to take travel histories, know Ebola symptoms (e.g., fever, diarrhea, vomiting, joint aches), and know what to do if they have a patient with symptoms.
Two American healthcare workers have recently contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Africa. In addition, Nigeria reports the death of a man who flew there from Liberia.
CDC officials say there is a low probability of the virus spreading out of western Africa. People are only contagious when they are symptomatic. The virus is spread through direct contact with blood and other bodily fluids.