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South Georgia doctor answers ebola questions

"You have to have direct exposure to bodily fluids through contact with broken skin or mucous membranes," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant with the Department of Public Health. "You have to have direct exposure to bodily fluids through contact with broken skin or mucous membranes," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant with the Department of Public Health.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A case of ebola in Texas has caused a lot of you to be concerned about ebola.

Officials want the public to know the facts and not get scared.

Busy airports across the country show how easy it can be for an illness to make it here from overseas.

"We live in a time when every disease is just one airplane ride away," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant with the Department of Public Health.

The latest disease to show up in the United States is Ebola.

Dr. Grant said there are key differences in our health system and the system in Africa, that has failed to control the outbreak.

"We have a really good health system. We also have excellent medical care. I think the two of those coordinating work [well], and we have the CDC here," said Grant.

High fevers, headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, and bleeding or bruising are common symptoms, but the disease doesn't spread nearly as easily as stomach viruses or the flu.

"You have to have direct exposure to bodily fluids through contact with broken skin or mucous membranes," said Grant.

As officials in Texas work on tracking down anyone who may have had contact with Thomas Duncan, the CDC continues to take a proactive approach in keeping this disease under control. Grant says this mentality should put Americans at ease.

"That system has worked for us many years in curtailing infections and I don't doubt that it will work very well for us again," said Grant.

Experts hope that works, because the virus has an extremely high mortality rate.

Grant and other health officials want to stress to people that Ebola is not transferred through air, water, or food.

A person must have direct contact with someone who is showing symptoms, or it is impossible for you to be infected.

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