How do humans get Ebola

    How do humans get Ebola

  • 1 Direct contact with an Ebola patient

    Ebola can be transmitted by direct contact with an infected person. Touching an infected person can lead to the transfer of the virus. People who care for sick patients are at risk of getting infected.

  • 2 Handling body fluids of a patient

    People who handle body fluids of patients, including blood and urine samples are at risk of infection. Those who clean after the patient, for example, when they vomit, are also at risk.

  • 3 Through body fluids or contact with infected animals

    Infected Animals such as Monkeys or chimps can transfer the disease to humans through touching or if they came in contact with their body fluids.

  • 4 Large droplets of vomit or saliva in the air

    While it's widely believed that Ebola doesn't travel through the air, large droplets of saliva or vomit can still infect surrounding people. Doctors said that those drops usually don't travel far, and that infection through air is much less likely to happen.

  • 5 According to one theory, coughing or sneezing can transfer it

    According to one theory, coughing or sneezing can result in the transfer of saliva or vomit droplets from the patient to the surrounding people.

  • 6 It's believed the virus can be passed through breast milk

    It's believed that the virus can pass through breast milk. However, doctors believe that it is less infectious than other body fluids.

  • 7 It's believed the virus can be passed through semen

    Doctors said that while semen is less infectious than blood or vomit, they still found the virus in it.

  • 8 Ebola is contagious only when someone has symptoms.

    Doctors believe that Ebola doesn't become infectious before the person gets the symptoms, and before that person the disease can hardly be transferred to others.

  • 9 Saliva and tears are believed to carry the virus

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said that saliva and tears may carry the virus. However, further research is still needed.

  • 10 Touching an infected surface

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that in one study it was found that the virus can remain on a solid surface for up to 6 days after being touched by an infected person. Another person could get the virus by touching that surface, although it's very unlikely to happen.

  • 11 The body sweat of an infected patient carries the virus

    The body sweat of an infected patient carries the virus. For the infection to happen, the virus might get through skin, nose, mouth.

  • 12 Through dead bodies

    Dead bodies can still carry the virus. People handling corpses and those attending burials of patients who were infected are also at risk of infection.

  • 13 Eating infected animals

    It's believed that Ebola can be transferred by Eating an infected animal such as The fruit Bat.