What is Ebola virus?
Ebola virus is a disease that can only spread through direct contact with an infected person. It is passed through bodily organs and fluids, such as blood, urine, semen, and vomit, and enters the body of a new host through broken skin and mucus membranes. Transmission is not limited to the living; the dead can also pass the disease on. For that reason, burial ceremonies play a key role in amplifying Ebola, along, of course, with treatment centres. Animals can also get infected ndeed, Ebola outbreaks often begin with a human coming into contact with an infected animal. Gorillas, chimpanzees, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines are most susceptible to the disease.
What are the signs and symptoms of Ebola virus?
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain.
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 – 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, although 8 – 10 days is most common.
Will the Ebola patient be treated in the same hospital with those that don’t have it?
The Ebola patient will be taken to the isolation center to keep them from contact with unprotected person where doctors and nurses will take proper care of them.
Will the doctors and nurses taking care of them touch the Ebola patients without a protective gear?
No the doctors and nurses taking care of them will wear protective clothing’s such as (masks, gloves, gowns and goggles).
They will use infection – control measures (such as complete equipment sterilization and routine use of disinfectant).
How do we prevent ourselves from contacting Ebola?
There is no guaranteed way to prevent transmission of Ebola, but steps can be taken to significantly decrease susceptibility. Close physical contact with the infected should be avoided or reduced as much as possible. Where this is not possible, gloves and other protective clothing should be worn to limit direct skin-to-skin contact. These protectiv items should then be safely disposed of.
- Practice careful hygiene.
- Wash your hands every time with soap and water.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
- Avoid hospital where Ebola [atients are treated
- Avoid contact with bats, monkeys, e.t.c
- Be vigilant. Stay aware of the people around you and be on the lookout for Ebola symptoms
- Be careful. Limit your contact with others as much as possible. Do not touch bodily fluids
- Be thorough. Engage in the regular, throrough hand hygiene procedures suggested by the WHO