- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s attorney general is warning consumers about scammers preying on Ebola fears with fundraising scams claiming to benefit victims and dubious offers of so-called preparedness kits that claim to contain preventive medicines.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there is no approved vaccine.

He says scammers are “shamefully exploiting” heightened concerns since a few cases have been documented in the U.S. following an outbreak earlier this year in Africa.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says Ebola isn’t contagious until symptoms appear and isn’t spread through the air.

The CDC says people get it from direct contact with a sick person’s bodily fluids.

Symptoms include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

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