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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus

Oct. 23, 2014

Ebola is a rare disease that poses little risk to you and your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the virus does not spread through the air, only through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or a contaminated object (such as a needle or syringe). The Ebola outbreak began in West Africa. Only a few other countries outside of West Africa report having a small number of cases.

The CDC says health workers caring for Ebola patients have the highest chance of getting sick because they may come in contact with the blood or bodily fluids of sick patients. The two health care workers in Dallas who became sick with the virus had close contact with the first Ebola patient in the U.S.

There are no FDA-approved vaccines to prevent getting Ebola, and no proven drugs to treat it, but hospitals in the U.S. have cared for some patients who recovered from the disease. In the unlikely event that a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) member gets the virus, we will cover:

  • Hospital stay and care for the Ebola virus
  • Treatment of any sickness linked to the Ebola virus

BCBSMT will work with doctors and health officials as they explore treatment options. Our goal is to do what is right for our members. We will give updates as we learn more.

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