Ebola – Do not look aside – Do something!
The world over is worried about Ebola getting into their sphere of influence. Instead of watching and sitting back, a number of people have taken to help in the fight against Ebola globally in many ways- financing and even sending human resources and equipment.
One simple step to help, which you and me can do is simply educate people on how to prevent Ebola and it’s spreading. Every time you have a chance, take 5 minutes and tell someone. If you have relatives far from information access on Ebola, send them information.
Below is brief information about Ebola:
What is Ebola?
Ebola virus disease is caused through infection with the Ebola virus
• The incubation period is 2-21 days (usually onset of symptoms occurs 3-12
days after exposure to the virus)
• Symptoms include fever, vomiting diarrhoea and in approximately 50% of
cases it results in hemorrhage
• The early symptoms of Ebola are similar to that of other diseases such as cholera, typhoid and malaria. Laboratory diagnosis therefore is critical.
How is Ebola transmitted?
1. The natural host is the fruit bat
2. Passed on to humans when they handle and eat bush meat (bats, chimpanzees, gorillas).
3. Infected humans then pass the virus from person to person.
4. Ebola virus is transmitted via contact with the body fluids of an infected person (urine, sweat, vomit, faeces, semen)
5. A person is only infectious once they begin to have symptoms (feel ill)
6. Ebola is NOT airborne like influenza
Can Ebola be treated?
1. There are no licensed treatment drugs available at present (2014)
2. Chances of survival are increased with early diagnosis and treatment of symptoms.
3.Treatment with oral re-hydration salts increases chances of recovery.
4. There are vaccines being developed but they are several months away from being available.
Critical steps to prevent getting infected!!
1. Avoid traveling to the most affected countries (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone)
2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol based hand sanitizers.
3. Avoid bush meat
4. Avoid contact with infected people
5. Keep infected people away from others.
6. Health workers should wear personal protective equipment when
dealing with suspected cases.
7. Do not touch or handle the bodies of persons who died from Ebola
8. Increase public awareness through various communication channels that you have access to.
If you can help as a business, go out there and help educate the world so that we create an Ebola FREE world.
To your success, Mel