Ebola unlikely to spread on planes

The recent Ebola outbreak has spurred a lot of rumors and speculation, but the World Health Organization (WHO) is emphasizing that the virus cannot spread through the air—unlike the common cold or flu.

People who travel on airplanes should not be concerned about contracting the virus because Ebola can spread only through blood, bodily fluids, organs or secretions. These situations are all highly unlikely to occur during air travel. WHO also clarified that people aren’t contagious until they actually exhibit symptoms, at which point they usually are too sick to travel.

Infection mostly results from caregiving, improper preventative measures during funerals or burials and unprotected contact by health care workers.

Airports in countries with reported Ebola cases are screening passengers for fevers, an Ebola symptom. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised Americans to avoid travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia.

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Sourced from: livescience.com, Ebola Unlikely to Spread on Planes, Health Agency Says