The entrance of the Ebola virus into the USA has caught the attention of almost everyone. First appearing in 1976 in an outbreak near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, the virus was originally transmitted through direct contact with infected wild, tropical animals such as fruit bats, monkeys, and gorillas, then further spread through direct human-human contact (through broken skin or mucus membranes). Ebola’s reputation as an acute, serious illness with fatal implications has triggered varied responses from US residents on how to deal with the consequences of the virus’ entry into US soil.
While the risk of contracting the Ebola virus is generally low for most people, you must be aware of potential risk factors that can increase your chances of acquiring the virus.
1) If you travel to Africa. Ebola viruses are generally concentrated in Africa.
2) If you are a health-care worker that treats patients associated with areas or people stricken by Ebola
3) If you conduct research on wild animals. Wild animals imported from Africa may be virus carriers.
4) If you prepare someone for burial who has died of Ebola for burial. Their bodies are still contagious.