How to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in the US
By: Emily AitkenThe CDC is warning people to stay away from the area of New York City where the Ebola outbreak has been detected.
“Ebola virus remains highly infectious, especially in areas with limited medical and sanitary facilities, especially among healthcare workers and those with personal protective equipment (PPE),” the CDC said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The risk of transmission to healthcare workers is highest in areas of dense population density, including areas of the metropolitan areas of New Yorker City, New York, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island,” the statement added.
The CDC said that, due to the close proximity of the areas where Ebola has been found, the outbreak should be treated with extreme caution and caution should be exercised in the surrounding areas.
“As the virus has moved into New York State, it is important that people remain alert and aware of their surroundings,” the CDC added.
It is the latest example of the public health agency’s warnings to keep people away from areas where the virus is suspected of being circulating.
On Friday, the CDC confirmed that there was no virus in New York and New Jersey, although a large number of people there had symptoms of the virus.
The state has been under quarantine for more than a week as health officials battle the virus, with more than 400 people still being quarantined.
On Monday, the State Department issued a public health advisory that urged Americans to avoid public places such as malls, theatres, parks, and the internet for the next 48 hours.
The warning was issued after a health official at a Manhattan health clinic said he had seen a man who appeared to be suffering from Ebola.
“He was visibly weak, but he looked like he had Ebola,” Dr. Daniel D’Alessandro said in an interview on Monday.
On Tuesday, New Yorkers were advised to keep their doors locked, avoid public transport and keep their windows closed, the New York Post reported.
The government is asking the public to be patient with the virus and to “make sure they are not exposed to people with contact with the person with Ebola.”