Frequently Asked Questions About Ebola

Recently,  the World Health Organization issued FAQ on Ebola which addressed the following questions:

  1. What is Ebola virus disease?
  2. How do people become infected with the virus?
  3. Who is most at risk?
  4. What are typical signs and symptoms of infection?
  5. When should someone seek medical care?
  6. What is the treatment?
  7. What can I do? Can Ebola be prevented?
  8. What about health workers? How do they protect themselves from the high risk of caring for sick patients?
  9. What about rumours that some foods can prevent or treat the infection?
  10. How does WHO protect health during outbreaks?
  11. During an outbreak, numbers of cases reported by health officials can go up and down? Why?
  12. Is it safe to travel during an outbreak? What is WHO’s travel advice?

Read the Ebola FAQs at


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Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H., is Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Adjunct Professor, Baruch College ( C.U.N.Y.), Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.

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