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Ebola Outbreak

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        The Ebola outbreak is making national headlines and claiming hundreds of lives.
    To date, Roughly 900 people have died in west Africa.

    Michelle Feist with the North Dakota Health Department says the infectious disease is not very common.
    In fact, this is the largest outbreak in history.
    She says it's caused by a virus that often is fatal.
    Fever, headache, vomiting and rashes are common symptoms.
    Feist says people are being asked to not travel to affected areas.


(Michelle Feist / ND Health Department) "If they have any travels that are non-essential they are advised to delay that and not travel at this time because these outbreaks are ongoing. The concern is if someone travels to one of these infected areas and gets infected with ebola and comes back to the United States it could spread person to person through that route."


    Feist says ebola is transmitted through contact with infected blood or bodily fluids.
    2 U.S. citizens working in west Africa who contacted the deadly disease have been flown to Atlanta for treatment.


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