WASHINGTON, DC (WMBF) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a live chat about Ebola via Twitter on Thursday.
The chat was focused on general Ebola questions and CDC's response. CDC Experts answered questions about the disease and the first confirmed case in the US.
Several questions were answered after the chat began at 4 p.m. It lasted about an hour.
One Twitter user asked how Ebola responds to alcohol-based hand sanitizer and bleach.
"Alcohol-based hand sanitizer and chlorine can kill Ebola," according to the CDC.
Another user tweeted "Can you get it from animals?"
"It is thought that animals infected the first person, followed by human to human transmission. #CDCChat," the CDC responded.
When asked what is the mortality rate for people that have Ebola, the CDC responded, "In current the outbreak, about 1 in 2 are dying from Ebola."
According to responses from the CDC:
- Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Ebola is transmitted via body fluids. Body fluids include but are not limited to - vomit, feces, saliva, sweat, vaginal fluid, semen, & breast milk.
- Ebola in body fluids can survive up to several days at room temperature.
- There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus.
- Ebola only transmitted thru contact w/ body fluids from an infected person; a cough is unlikely to spread Ebola
- Ebola is only contagious after symptoms are present.
For more information and updates on Ebola, visit CDC's website: http://go.usa.gov/NXHm