Spreading Truth: How Does the Ebola Virus Spread?

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DALLAS – The big question you’re probably asking about Ebola is – how do you get it? Or, more importantly, how do you NOT get it?

The CDC tell us Ebola is not airborne. It’s only spread through direct contact – with bodily fluids.

But what does that really mean?

"Close contact of the fluids, close contact of the person that's been infected,” Dr. Nikhil Bhayani said. Bhayani is an Infectious Disease Specialist at Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial.

So here’s what we want to know – how long does the Ebola virus stay alive? Is there a time limit?

"How long the virus remains alive for has yet to be determined. However, I'm sure it can exist for a long period of time,” Dr. Bhanyani said.

What if an infected person sneezes near you?

"If someone does sneeze and they are infected, there is a risk,” Dr. Bhanyani explained.

What if they wipe their nose and then shake your hand?

"Sweat and saliva has not been proven,” Bhanyani said. "There is a risk, but the risk is not as high like other bodily fluids, like blood and urine."

What about going to events with large crowds? Like the State Fair, or a Cowboys game? Should folks be afraid?

Dr. Bhanyani gives this piece of advice - "Don't change you plans, just be vigilant,”