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What causes Ebola virus infection?

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Ebola isn’t as contagious as more common viruses like colds, influenza, or measles. It spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal, like a monkey, chimp, or fruit bat. Then, it moves from person to person the same way. Those who care for a sick person or bury someone who has died from the disease often get it.

Other ways to get Ebola include touching contaminated needles or surfaces.

You can’t get Ebola from air, water, or food. A person who has Ebola but has no symptoms can’t spread the disease, either.

From: Ebola Virus Infection WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: "Ebola Virus Disease."

CDC: "Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever," "Transmission," "Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Treatment," "Facts About Ebola," "Questions and Answers on Ebola."

Amesh Adalja, MD, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Mayo Clinic: "Ebola virus and Marburg virus: Treatments and drugs."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: "Ebola Virus Disease."

CDC: "Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever," "Transmission," "Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Treatment," "Facts About Ebola," "Questions and Answers on Ebola."

Amesh Adalja, MD, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Mayo Clinic: "Ebola virus and Marburg virus: Treatments and drugs."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

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