The current Ebola outbreak in Africa is one of the largest in history. It's already killed over 2,000 people, and it doesn't appear to be going away any time soon.
While the virus doesn't pose a huge threat in the U.S., that doesn't mean we're all completely protected from getting sick. If you or anyone in your family is an aid worker and has spent time in west Africa recently, your risk for exposure is higher. That risk is going to rise for many families because the president is likely to send thousands of military personnel to the affected countries to provide treatment support.
People who travel a lot, especially overseas, could also be at a higher risk, because you never know who you might accidentally come in contact with at the airport.
With those risks out there, it can all seem really nerve wracking. How do you keep yourself and your family safe? How can you tell if you've been infected? The government has created a resource page to give you access to all of the information you need to know about Ebola to keep you safe and put your mind at ease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Did you know that a person already has to be showing signs and symptoms of Ebola in order to pass the virus along to other people? That's the kind of useful information available on the CDC's Ebola information page. It'll tell you exactly what to look for, so you can avoid contagious carriers.
So, make sure to read the list of symptoms available on this site. It shows you exactly what to look for if you think you might come in contact with someone from an affected area.
If you've got a family member who's an aid worker or military member who might have to come in contact with Ebola, the site also has a resource page for healthcare workers. It's got information to help you diagnose a possible infection and avoid spreading the disease.
The site is great as a resource to keep you educated and give you peace of mind. But, if you think you or a family member might be infected, seek treatment immediately from a healthcare professional.
Want to know which areas are most affected by Ebola and other epidemics? This useful site shows you where infections are concentrated around the world.