FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a diagnosis of the Ebola virus in the United States. In light of this development, the CDC has issued a list of important facts to keep residents of Fairfield County and beyond safe, according to CBS News.
The virus was brought to the states by a man from Liberia who came to the country to visit family members. He began developing symptoms four days after his arrival here, according to multiple reports.
Ebola is not an airborne virus. It can not be transmitted by being in the same room as someone who is infected. The virus is contracted only via direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or animal. The disease only becomes contagious when an infected person is showing symptoms, CBS News said.
Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, decreased liver and kidney function and possibly internal and external bleeding, according to CBS News.
There is no known cure for Ebola. Patients who contract the virus are treated with supportive care like oxygen, fluids and blood transfusions, but the virus still proves to be fatal in 50 percent to 90 percent of cases.
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