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Health officials talk about Ebola precautions, separate fact from fiction

Ebola Fact Sheet. (Source: CDC) Ebola Fact Sheet. (Source: CDC)
Health experts are aware that many people have anxiety about Ebola. But, there should be no reason for concern, according to MetroHealth's expert on Infectious Diseases.
 
Dr. Jennifer Hanrahan answered reporter's questions Thursday morning. Hanrahan said she wants to separate fact from fiction, just one day after the hospital decided to put several of its nurses on paid leave after learning they had been on the same flight from Dallas to Cleveland as Amber Vinson.

"It was out of an abundance of caution. It was not because there was any potential risk to anyone," said Dr. Hanrahan.
 
A local babysitter, who we are not naming, has also decided to be cautious. The woman was on the same plane that Vinson was on the day after the healthcare worker took a flight from Dallas to our area.
 
She contacted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and her pediatrician and chose to no longer care for several kids for a 21 day quarantine period.
 
"I think there's some over reaction but we are taking steps to decrease people's fears. It's not just being in the room with someone, and it's not even being relatively close to that person, it really has to be body fluids," explained Hanrahan.
 
Dr. Hanrahan said you must have direct contact with someone who is sick to get the virus. Ebola is not airborne.
 
Doctor Hanrahan says she wants to make it clear that right now Cleveland and the surrounding areas are ok.
 
"They're safe and they really have no reason to be concerned at this point in time," said Hanrahan.

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