Ebola: Learn the Facts About The Disease

ABCNews' Dan Childs talks about the fears and truths about Ebola.
3:02 | 08/05/14

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Back to one of our top stories doctors and emergency rooms across the country this morning on high alert for -- But -- appeared justified joining us now is Dan child managing editor of -- ABC news medical unit to help us. Find out what we really need to know about this disease good morning again good morning and -- yet here's some remind us exactly what do Boley is and how contagious is that say that compared to flew. Well it's something called a viral hemorrhagic. Fever and there and a number of different types of these -- -- is one of those types. In terms of how contagious it is it's not it's not as contagious as the flu I'm sitting about six feet away from you if I have the flu when you hadn't gotten a shot. I would cough and sneeze you have a pretty high chance of getting this this is not the case with a -- it's not something that you can get from breathing in when -- near you. This is -- -- we're talking about coming into contact with bodily fluids and having them mingle with your bodily fluids. And the doctor the nurse infected that everyone's been watching so closely they were on the front lines dealing with the -- a lot of people wondering. How could they have possibly -- infection what went wrong there right exactly these are health professionals and there are protocols for dealing with this. Number one is that doctors here don't often see these types of infections so it's kind of new territory for a lot of people. Also this is a very nasty disease we talk about bodily fluids. There -- a number of symptoms actually put those bodily fluids out there and people ten pick up on those infections if they are not careful -- off. And if the that area is not decontaminated. And it does have such a high mortality mortality -- so many people dying here but some people do survive. How do you know what it seems to be around someone's Hannibal right right -- in terms of the mortality rate today in this outbreak we're looking at about 60%. The good news about this if there's any good news whatsoever is that once the really bad symptoms we call them the acute symptoms sort of start to dissipate. That generally means that people are out of the woods that you really don't have to worry about a lot of patients who have had the -- and recovered. Two to three weeks afterwards they're back with their families now. There's certain things that you need to work out what we know for example that the virus can persist in terms of the semen or. You know the sexual transmission of it first and some months -- -- -- so the advice is always wait three months before. Any kind of contact that would -- that type of that type of intimacy. There are a lot of people party been tested for -- across the country if you're not traveling to these countries affected in Africa to you still have to be concerned what should you really look out. -- really you don't have to look out for too much you're one of the things that we know is that. This is a type a virus that can live on -- contaminated surface for one to two days. But your chances of living in this in this country and getting the exposure herd scene that sort of thing it's extremely slim. So really it's in people people here are very safe the most important thing to do is not to panic. Cancer were to be here thank you so much great insight -- -- managing editor of the ABC news medical unit thanks for joining us.

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