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As of August 22nd , there have been over 2600 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever and over 1400 deaths attributed to this virus. Ebola hemorrhagic fever is caused by infection with Ebola virus and is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates. Ebola virus is not spread through airborne routes and individuals are not infected through ingestion of the virus. Human-to-human transmission occurs by either direct or close contact with body fluids from an infected individual or through blood-borne means, for example through direct inoculation with a contaminated needle. Therefore, it is critical that providers contact their local state health laboratories and/or the CDC for guidance on specimen collection, handling and transport.
- Elitza Theel, PhD
- Director of the Infectious Disease Serology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Division of Clinical Microbiology
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