Ebola virus disease – risk of exposure at work

The current Ebola epidemic affecting multiple countries in the West Africa region is the worst recorded in history. Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness that is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids (e.g. saliva, urine, secretions, semen, stool, breast milk and organs) from infected people, dead or alive. In the current outbreak 45-70 % (average 60 %) of the people who fall ill have died. Symptoms typically appear abruptly, within 2-21 days (8-10 days is most common) following exposure to the virus. Thus, individuals exposed while living, working, or traveling in areas experiencing an ongoing outbreak could develop symptoms up to three weeks after exposure.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/en/news/ebola-virus-disease-risk-of-exposure-at-work

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