It is important to know that there are no vaccines available to protect a person from Ebola. That said, if you’re one of the many traveling to and from infected areas you’ll want to ensure that you are taking the proper precautions to prevent an Ebola infection.
Wash Hands Frequently
It is important to wash your hands and use an alcohol based hand sanitizer after any contact with blood or body fluids.
Avoid Handling Used Items
Avoid handling anything that has come into contact with blood or bodily fluids including clothing, needles, bedding etc.
Avoid contact with animals such as bats or primates that have blood or bodily fluids dripping or exposed. It is also to avoid raw meat from these same animals.
Stay away from hospitals where Ebola patients are currently in residence. If abroad ask the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to give you information on where you should go.
Watch For Symptoms
After travel to foreign countries where Ebola outbreaks are, watch your health for the next 3 weeks or 21 days. If you do become ill, seek prompt medical attention and let the doctor know you were out of the country recently and could have been exposed to Ebola.
Health Care Employees
For anyone who must come into contact with Ebola patients, wear protective clothes. Wear a mask and gloves and eye protection as well.
Always use proper methods for infection control.
Patients who have Ebola must be isolated from the rest of the hospital setting.
Do not touch or otherwise have any contact with those who have died of Ebola.
Ebola can enter your body via broken skin, the nose, the mouth or even the eyes wear protective covering when dealing with any medical incident. Prevention is the best measure to combat Ebola. Always be aware of surroundings and how any patient or medical situation is being conducted.