How Long to Stay Away from Africans for Ebola?

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In college now, I have two classmates from Africa, one of them from South Africa, don't know about the other. Anyway, when they come back for study, do they carry the Ebola virus? How long shall I stay away from them to avoid being transmitted?

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South Africa is different from other places in Africa, it's more developed and so far Ebola-free.
oh, who knows where they went for the summer? No one guarantees they've been in South Africa all the time.

You're still at risk.
Ebola is spread through broken skin, mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth, blood or body fluids (urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen), contaminated needles and syringes.

So don't kiss, or sleep, or touch them, then you'll be fine.
The Ebola virus CANNOT spread to others until a person develops signs or symptoms of EVD.

After a person infected with Ebola develops symptoms of illness, they can spread Ebola to others.

If you want to touch, kiss or sleep, check their body temperature before you do so.
If I touch the table that they just touched, is it a problem?
No, unless they have broken hands and so do you.
Symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) include:

Severe headache
Muscle pain
Abdominal (stomach) pain
Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after contact with the virus, with an average of 8 to 10 days. Many common illnesses can have these same symptoms, including influenza (flu) or malaria.

So don't get close unless they've been back for more than 21 days.
The outbreak is in Congo and Rwanda.
They've found an FDA approved drug nitazoxanide is effective in treating Ebola disease. Nitazoxanide is commonly used in treating gastrointestinal infections caused by parasites. The drug seems to enhance the immune system's ability to detect Ebola.
Vaccine is available and effective.

NIAID/GSK Investigational Ebola Vaccine (cAd3-EBOZ)

Name of the vaccine.