Ebola Risk Factors

Travel. You’re at increased risk if you visit or work in areas where Ebola virus or Marburg virus outbreaks have occurred.

Association with animals. People are more likely to contract the Ebola or Marburg virus if they conduct animal research with monkeys imported from Africa or the Philippines..

Bush meat. Another potential source of the virus is eating or handling “bush meat.” Bush meat is the meat of wild animals, including hoofed animals, primates, bats, and rodents.

Human-to-human transfer. During Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks, health care workers and family members and friends associated with an infected person are at the highest risk of getting the disease.

Researchers who study Ebola hemorrhagic fever viruses are also at risk of developing the disease if a laboratory accident occurs.

Handling dead or near to death. Caring for infected patients who are near-death or disposing of bodies of individuals that have recently died of Ebola infection is a very high-risk factor because in these situations, the Ebola virus is highly concentrated in any blood or bodily secretions. . The bodies of people who have died of Ebola or Marburg hemorrhagic fever are still contagious. Caregivers should wear appropriate full-length personal protective equipment.



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