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No Cases of Ebola in the Caribbean and Risk of Infection is Low

No Cases of Ebola in the Caribbean and Risk of Infection is LowHAVANA, Cuba, Aug 8 (acn) The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says the risk of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being imported to the Caribbean is low, while there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the region.

Cited by Caribbean 360 Website, CARPHA executive director, Dr. C. James Hospedales said that in countries where the virus is present, "people who have direct contact with the organs, blood, or other bodily fluids of dead or living infected persons or animals are those at greatest risk".

"Ebola spreads through mucous and other body fluids or secretions such as stool, urine, saliva and semen of infected people, said the executive who noted that "in the unlikely event of a person infected with Ebola travelling to the Caribbean, the available evidence shows that the risk of secondary transmission to direct close contacts (family or relatives) or in healthcare settings is still considered very low, if appropriate prevention measures are implemented.

"The risk from casual contact, such as shaking hands or sitting next to someone who is not displaying symptoms is also likely to be very low," he added.

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