Econintersect: In a statement released at 6:34pm 16 October 2014, the White House presented a summary of what U.S. public health officials are saying about Ebola transmission. The statement said:
At a time when Ebola is all over the news and it's easy for misinformation to get interpreted as truth, make sure you have the clear-cut facts.
The following is the content of the White House release:
1. You CAN'T get Ebola through:
- Casual contact with someone who has no symptoms of the disease
- Food in the U.S.
2. The only way a person can get Ebola is through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease.
3. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious.
As President Obama, leadership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other senior officials have reiterated, the chances of a widespread Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.
Still, you don't want to be misinformed about Ebola. Find out more about how we're responding to the disease, and the domestic and international efforts to contain and end the epidemic.
You can visit the CDC for more information on our response to Ebola and call 1-800-CDC-INFO1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-46361-800-232-4636) for additional inquiries.