Global health agency cites Ebola-like symptoms in patient but says the risk of spread remains very low
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the risk level of travelers to large European countries, and reminded people there to wash their hands after coming into contact with visitors from a certain country.
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The CDC now deems the risk of transmission of Ebola-like symptoms, which have recently been detected in several countries, “high” for travelers to Belgium, Portugal, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Portugal.
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The previously designated high risk for travelers to Belgium, Norway, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway were Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria.
Previously, all but Germany and Austria had been classified at a level four.
The CDC also moved France to level four, up from level two, but the risk level of possible contact with “normal people” was not affected.
The CDC, however, says the risk of spread of the disease, which has no vaccine or treatment, remains very low. It explained the distinction is between high-risk and low-risk, as is the way different people can react when presented with the virus.
Early symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, diarrhea and red eyes. More serious symptoms include bleeding from the nose and cuts, chest pain, headache, vomiting, muscle pain, abdominal pain and rash over several weeks.