Saturday, October 18, 2014

Is Ebola Making it Unsafe to Fly?

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Experts say it's not likely passengers who traveled on the plane with Dallas nurse Amber Vinson were infected with Ebola. The virus is spread through direct contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, or waste. 

While she had a low grade fever, she did not have any other symptoms.

"In the early stages of the illness you aren't very contagious at all," says Dr. William Schaffner.

The airline is going to great lengths to clean the plane, even replacing seat covers, carpeting and air filters. The CDC says Ebola on dried surfaces like a countertop can survive for hours. Infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner says the airline's response is understandable but says surfaces are not usually a source of transmission.

"It dies very quickly so there are really no examples of someone having acquired Ebola infection from touching the environment."

Ebola symptoms don't include coughing and sneezing, but many people wonder if Ebola can transmit that way?

The CDC says while that's not the typical way Ebola spreads, it's possible a patient's saliva or mucus could come into contact with another  person's eyes, nose or mouth.

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