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North Dakota health officials give guidance on Ebola

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the highest level alert amid the ebola outbreak this week.

North Dakota health officials are telling the public how they can reduce their risk.

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There are no reported cases of Ebola in North Dakota.

But the State's Department of Health is setting in motion plans to prepare the public should the disease be found here.

The North Dakota University System, local public health units and health care professionals are among the agencies teaming up with the State Health Department to educate the public.

Ebola is spread from human to human only through direct contact with bodily fluids.

The CDC has issued a warning to avoid unnecessary travel to the three African countries affected with Ebola, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

With the disease now reaching U.S. Soil, officials are stressing the importance of knowing your risk.

Delbert Streitz with Grand Forks Public Health said, "it's a very serious infection. They say their chance of acquiring it and coming back to North Dakota is rare but there is still that possibility and our job in public health is to prevent any serious consequences due to any kind of infection or disease. So, we're just trying to be proactive."

The Health Department is urging anyone who has traveled in the affected areas and is experiencing any illness at all within 21 days, to seek medical help immediately.

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