I live in dallas my entire life and now I am being told we have the first case of ebola. I don't believe what the news are telling us. they say he was around for days within people before being isolated. should I be afraid?
Unless you've had direct contact with him you are fine. It is spread by contact with mucous or blood. He was sick for 4 days before they admitted him. The people who need to be concerned are the people who came in contact with him at that time. It isn't contagious until the person has symptoms. His family, the ambulance squads that took him to the hospital and the er staff who took care of him are the ones who would be at risk.
I don't think you should be any more afraid than the rest of us.
direct contact with bodily fluid is the means by which it can be contracted. None of us know who around us has travelled to West Africa and need to be especially vigilant about who we come in contact with until something is done about restricting travel to those countries. My daughter works in D.C where there are two suspected new cases. I worry more about her because there is such an international community in D.C.. Here in CT I don't have too much concern but am cautious. Years ago when someone came down with a contagious disease the heath department came to your house and put up a quaranteened sign on your front door and no one could come into the home. This happened when you had scarlet fever. It was not considered to be an infraction on ones rights at that time but a means of containing a communicable disease. We might be wise to consider returning to that.
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