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How Is Ebola Transmitted?


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How is Ebola transmitted

How is Ebola spread
How Is Ebola Transmitted

Ebola is not spread through the air or simply by being near someone who is infected. 

You can only get Ebola from having direct contact with another sick person by:

  • Touching a person who is sick with Ebola.
  • Touching a person who died from Ebola.
  • Touching body fluids (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat) or objects soiled with the body fluids of a person sick with Ebola.

Once people recover from Ebola, they can no longer spread the virus to people in the community. However, because Ebola can stay in semen after recovery, men should abstain from sex (including oral sex) for three months. If abstinence is not possible, condoms may help prevent the spread of Ebola. Sexual transmission of Ebola has never been reported.

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