Health Care

How the Experts Find and Stop Ebola

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Sept. 30, 2014, 12:54 p.m.

Ebola has come to Amer­ic­an soil.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion are do­ing everything in their power to stop the spread of the vir­us. But just how do they at­tempt to pre­vent an Ebola out­break? The video above provides a step-by-step ex­plan­a­tion.

CDC de­tect­ives have used a meth­od known as con­tact tra­cing in West Africa. In the fight against the vir­us, the gov­ern­ment agency calls it “the key to stop­ping the out­break and sav­ing lives.”

Con­tact tra­cing means find­ing every­one who comes in dir­ect con­tact with a sick Ebola pa­tient. They ask the in­fec­ted pa­tient and fam­ily mem­bers to list every­one that pa­tient has in­ter­ac­ted with. Mon­it­ors then quar­ant­ine those con­tacts over the next 21 days to check for symp­toms of Ebola.

“If a con­tact be­gins to show symp­toms of Ebola, he is im­me­di­ately isol­ated, tested, and provided care,” the video ex­plains.

It’s a pro­cess that takes weeks, and the pro­cess needs to be re­peated un­til no new pa­tients ap­pear with symp­toms.

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