Ebola: More CDC Monkey Business

Posted: November 1, 2014 in -
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CDC Removed Information On Coughing and Sneezing From Ebola Q&A

“An earlier version of the page is still available in Google’s cache. It said that while Ebola is not “airborne” like chickenpox or tuberculosis, it can travel a few feet in the air inside droplets emitted when someone coughs or sneezes.

“A person might also get infected by touching a surface or object that has germs on it and then touching their mouth or nose,” the document said.

The CDC has also changed an Ebola Q&A, deleting the below question about coughing and sneezing (which are not typical Ebola symptoms):

Can Ebola spread by coughing? By sneezing?

Unlike respiratory illnesses like measles or chickenpox, which can be transmitted by virus particles that remain suspended in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes, Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with body fluids of a person who has symptoms of Ebola disease. Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.

The version of the Q&A still online notes that Ebola can survive on doorknobs for several hours. The removed question is available in Google’s cache from Oct. 29.”

This is the html version of the file http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/infections-spread-by-air-or-droplets.pdf.
Google automatically generates html versions of documents as we crawl the web.
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HOW GERMS SPREAD
What’s the difference between infections
spread through the air or by droplets?
AIRBORNE SPREAD
Airborne spread happens when germs float through the air
after a person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Those germs can
be inhaled even after the original person is no longer nearby.
Direct contact with the infectious person is NOT needed for
someone else to get sick.
Germs like chicken pox and TB are spread through
the air.
DROPLET SPREAD
Droplet spread happens when
droplets that are coughed or
sneezed from a sick person splash
the eyes, nose, or mouth of another
person, or cause environmental
contamination, like a soiled
bathroom surface or handrails,
from which another person can
pick up the infectious material.
A person might also get infected by touching
a surface or object that has germs on it and
then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.
Droplets generally travel shorter distances,
less than about 6 feet from a source patient.
Germs like plague, meningitis, and Ebola
can be spread through large droplets.
How do I protect myself from getting sick?
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap
and water are not available, use an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Germs spread this way.
Routinely clean and disinfect commonly touched
surfaces like bathroom surfaces, since some germs
can stay infectious on surfaces for hours or days
and lead to transmission.
HOW EBOLA SPREADS
Is Ebola airborne?
No. Ebola is not spread through the airborne route.
Is Ebola spread through droplets?
Yes. To get Ebola, you have to directly get body fluids (e.g., blood, diarrhea,
vomit, urine, semen, breast milk) from someone who is sick with Ebola in
your mouth, nose, eyes or through a break in your skin or through sexual
contact. That can happen by being splashed with droplets, or through
other direct contact, like touching infectious body fluids.
Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and
the family and friends in close contact with Ebola
patients are at the highest risk of getting sick when
they touch or are splashed by infectious blood or
body fluids from a sick patient.
There has been no recognized spread of Ebola
through the air or water.
A human cell infected with Ebola
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