Ebola: Be informed. Be alert

posted 26.10.2016 by Kate Burgess

The increasing number of patients affected with Ebola and with the disease spreading from Western Africa definitely put everyone on panic. A lot of people are going on panic buying mode and some even locked themselves up for the fear of getting he virus. But what can you do when this deadly disease is all around the media and the Internet?

Ebola

But before completely going berserk over the disease, it is essential to know more and be informed about the disease. In fact, according to the UNISEF or the United Nation’s Children’s Fund Ebola virus is not a death sentence. It can, however be treated when diagnosed early. And the good news is major health organizations especially the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Red Cross are all working hand in hand to stop the epidemic

What is Ebola Virus?

The Ebola Virus disease was known as the Ebola Hemorrhagic fever. It is more deadly than the other types of hemorrhagic fever because of the virus causing it called the Ebola. The virus comes from the Filoviridae family and can be transmitted via contact and droplet transmission. This means that you can get infected when the body fluids like saliva, sputum, vomit, breast milk, semen, feces of an infected person enters to your body.

Needle Stick injuries can also be another cause of the transmission of the disease. This usually puts health care providers taking care of patients with Ebola virus become infected. And unsanitary handling of animal and animal meat can also cause Ebola virus disease.

What are the warning signs of Ebola?

Since the incubation period is at 21 days, it can be tricky to diagnose Ebola virus disease. Nonetheless, if you feel the following, don’t hesitate to contact your physician or go to the health care unit in your community:

- Muscle pain
- Fever
- Severe headache
- Body malaise or body weakness
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Bruising, bleeding and petechiae on the skin

Treatment

The sad news for an epidemic like this is that there is no vaccine to protect you from getting infected with Ebola. Treatment is based on the problems shown by the patient and more on giving supportive measure. This includes giving intravenous fluids, maintaining good oxygen saturation and treating underlying infection.