Clayton State University has a significant international footprint. In light of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, here are some things you should know about Ebola.
Most importantly, this disease is not easy to catch like the flu. Ebola is not transmitted through air, food or water, but only through blood or the bodily fluids of an infected person.
In direct contact situations, Ebola is contagious only when symptoms appear. If there are no Ebola symptoms, the person is not contagious.
Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and abnormal bleeding. The symptoms may appear in two to 21 days after direct contact with the Ebola virus.
While the CDC considers Ebola to pose little risk to the United States at this time, individuals traveling to the countries where Ebola cases are occurring -- Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia or Nigeria -- may be at risk for exposure.
If you have travelled to one of the countries impacted since June, you should call University Health Services at (678) 466-4940 for important information.
Anyone desiring further information on Ebola should go to the CDC website; http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.