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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.

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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

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