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Monday, October 20, 2014

What President Obama Wants You To Know About Ebola

President Obama Speaking About Ebola

Nationwide — President Obama recently spoke to the nation about Ebola and discussed how his Administration is responding, and what you should know. He says the Ebola virus is a public health and national security priority, and that he has directed his Administration to continue to take aggressive measures at every level of government.

During his weekly address, he reiterated that, while Ebola is a serious disease, Americans need to understand the facts and be guided by the science: Ebola is not easily transmitted. And we know how to fight it.

On the WhiteHouse.gov web site, these facts were listed:

* Ebola is not transmitted through the air like the flu.

* According to public health authorities, the only way a person can get Ebola is by coming into direct contact with the body fluids (urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk and semen) of someone who is already showing symptoms.

* If the person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious.

* Symptoms for Ebola include: Fever, Headache, Joint and muscle aches, Weakness, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Stomach pain, Lack of appetite, Abnormal bleeding.

* Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common.

Watch the video below of President Obama talking about Ebola