The Truth about Ebola and Air Travel

airplanedYou have likely read or heard about the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States. A man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas via Brussels has been diagnosed with the virus and is in quarantine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the patient “did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.”

Should you be concerned to take a flight?

No. The CDC assures that there is virtually no risk to air travelers, no matter where you fly. It is important to know that you cannot get Ebola through air, water or food. The virus can only be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone who is already experiencing symptoms. Those most at risk for contracting Ebola are family members and health care workers because they are typically in close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected and symptomatic patient… (read more)