The current outbreak is spreading person to person, via bodily fluids. The virus is present in fluids like blood, vomit, semen, sweat, etc. The top way to protect yourself is to avoid direct unprotected contact with sick people and their body fluids.
High risk activities include:
- contact with ill people
- handling bodies of people who have died from Ebola
- touching or eating sick or dead wildlife, especially 'high risk' infected animals like fruit bats and primates
- hunting or eating bats
- caring for Ebola patients, attending their funerals or burying their bodies
To avoid the virus:
- Stay away from sick people. Do not touch their bodily fluids or objects contaminated with their fluids.
- Pay strict attention to hygiene. Wash your hands often.Pay strict attention to hygiene. Wash your hands often. Pay strict attention to hygiene. Wash your hands often.Pay strict attention to hygiene. Wash your hands often.
- Do not go to funerals or touch dead bodies.
- Do not go to hospitals treating patients with Ebola.
- Do not handle bats, even if they seem healthy.
- Do not touch animals that are dead or appear sick
- Thoroughly cook animal products (meat, blood) before eating.
- People with Ebola symptoms should not engage in sexual activity. Semen can contain virus for weeks after recovery, so men who recover from Ebola should either avoid intercourse or use condoms for three months after their recovery.