People who live in high-risk regions have a high rate of infection and often get exposed to other diseases, a new study shows.
The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of California, San Francisco, found that, in addition to the high risk of transmission, the risk of catching Ebola varies by county, as do the factors that could lead to infection.
Experts said the study provides important clues about the need to prioritize health care workers in high risk areas and to increase public awareness of the virus.
“This study offers some of the best data yet to inform our response to this pandemic,” said Dr. David Luecke, CDC director.
The findings were released Monday in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
In the U.S., the most common virus in high and middle-income communities is the coronavirus, which is spread through close contact with infected people, such as sneezing, coughing or sharing contaminated surfaces.
The most common way to contract Ebola is through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids.
In low- and middle, middle- and high-income areas, the most prevalent virus is the MERS-CoV-2 coronaviruses, which spread by direct contact and by sharing food, water or personal items with people.
The CDC estimates there are 2,100 confirmed cases of Ebola in the U