Facts about the Ebola virus

With the information released today about a nurse infected with Ebola traveling from Dallas to the Cleveland and Akron area, we wanted to make sure that our members are educated on the Ebola virus, because FACTS, not FEAR, are the best way to protect ourselves.

Ebola is a virus that is transmitted by person-to-person contact — specifically by the spread of bodily fluids, like saliva, blood, sweat and urine. You must come in contact with the bodily fluids from an infected person in order to contract the virus. 

It DOES NOT spread through the air like the flu or the common cold.

The best way to fight the spread of Ebola is to wash your hands often, use alcohol based substances like Purell that have 70 percent Ethyl Alcohol content or higher and try to limit contact from your hands to your face.

While Ebola is a very serious virus, being educated about this virus is most important in order to help prevent the spread. Our members’ safety and well-being is of top priority at this Local and we want to make sure that we have all of the facts at our disposal to make sure we are all safe and healthy.

Please take a look at this link for further information about the Ebola virus: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf

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