Monday, 1 December 2014
FACTS ABOUT THE EBOLA VIRUS
According to the world health organization, Ebola is a killer disease that is spread through body secretions such as Sweat, Blood, Saliva, Mucous, Breast secretion, Tears, Urine, And sexual intercourse with an infected person.
Ebola is a very scary disease, kills most of it's victims and has no cure.Ebola virus can reproduce in 8 hours and when it does, millions of viruses come out. The victim of ebola can die anywhere from 3-30 days or even longer. It is only stopped when it has no more hosts to feed on. The period between infection with the ebola virus and the start of symptoms is called the Ebola incubation period, which can be as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF THE EBOLA VIRUS
The early signs of the ebola virus which typically start two days to three weeks after contacting the virus include; fever, headaches, sore-throat, weakness, joint and muscle pains, as well as lack of appetite . Later symptoms include; vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach -pain, a rash as well as internal and external bleeding often from the eyes, nose or mouth.
Death usually occurs during the second week of the symptoms and it is usually due to massive blood loss.
There is no cure or specific treatment for the disease or a vaccine to prevent the infection. Efforts to help those infected include giving either oral rehydration therapy or intravenous fluid.
HOW TO PREVENT CONTACTING THE EBOLA VIRUS
1.WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY WITH SOAP AND WATER.
2. USE A HAND SANITIZER.
3. AVOID CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WITH SUSPICIOUS SIGNS AND PLACES OF OUTBREAK.
4. WATCH OUT FOR THE WARNING SIGNS WHICH MIMIC MALARIA SYMPTOMS.
5. WASH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THOROUGHLY BEFORE COOKING.