How Do I Avoid Catching It?

First off, don't go to a country where there is an outbreak, or a history of outbreaks. If you have to go there then you should pay attention to the following:

Avoid contact with the bodily fluids (blood, feces, urine, vomit, sweat , in fact - any fluid, etc.) of infected people. Medical personnel should note the following advice from the CDC's recently updated "Management of Patients with Suspected Viral Hemorrhagic Fever -- United States":

    "Because most ill persons undergoing prehospital evaluation and transport are in the early stages of disease and would not be expected to have symptoms that increase the likelihood of contact with infectious body fluids (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea, or hemorrhage), universal precautions are generally sufficient. If a patient has respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough or rhinitis), face shields or surgical masks and eye protection (e.g., goggles or eyeglasses with side shields) should be worn by caregivers to prevent droplet contact."                                                   

Some "universal precautions" are detailed in the next section:

    "Patients in a hospital outpatient or inpatient setting should be placed in a private room. A negative pressure room is not required during the early stages of illness, but should be considered at the time of hospitalization to avoid the need for subsequent transfer of the patient. Nonessential staff and visitors should be restricted from entering the room. Caretakers should use barrier precautions to prevent skin or  mucous membrane exposure to blood and other body fluids, secretions, and excretions. All persons entering the patient's room should wear gloves and gowns to prevent contact with items or environmental surfaces that may be soiled. In addition, face shields or surgical masks and eye protection (e.g., goggles or eyeglasses with side shields) should be worn by persons coming within approximately 3 feet of the patient to prevent contact with blood, other body fluids, secretions (including respiratory droplets), or excretions."

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