Ebola Virus Disease or Ebola Hemorrhaging Fever (Ebola HF) is a rare but deadly virus that causes bleeding inside and outside the body. As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding. So far serious Ebola cases have only shown up in Central and West Africa.
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common. Some who become sick with Ebola HF are able to recover, while others do not. The reasons behind this are not yet fully understood. However, it is known that patients who die usually have not developed a significant immune response to the virus at the time of death.
You can’t get Ebola from air, water, or food. A person who has Ebola but has no symptoms can’t spread the disease, either. It spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids (like saliva, sweat, blood, semen etc) of an infected person or animal, like a monkey, chimp, or fruit bat. Then it moves from person to person the same way. There is no cure for this ailment, the best defense is to know the facts, to educate your friends and family and protect yourself with proper and proactive preventive practices.
Here are some ways to Protect yourself from this deadly disease. Please share this information with your friends and family so that they will be informed:
Ensure that meat is properly cooked before eating (if possible, avoid bush meat and interaction with animals such as bats, monkeys, pigs etc.)
Avoid hand shake as much as possible.(wash your hands frequently with disinfectants)
Avoid touching contaminated needles or surfaces.
Avoid unnecessary visiting of hospitals. (use facial masks and hand gloves when caring for any sick person)
Avoid religious healing centers
Alert and report to health professionals and the general public, when you notice someone with the symptoms of Ebola.
Avoid attending burials (wear protective clothing or ”Ebola suits” such as masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles if you must touch a dead or sick body. Those who care for a sick person or bury someone who has died from the disease often get the virus)
If you fall sick, avoid going to public places.(isolation of Ebola HF patients from contact with unprotected persons is important to prevent the spread.)
What to Do If You Suspect that You Or Someone you Know Has Ebola?
Call the Ebola Helpline on +23480032652437 IMMEDIATELY to speak with Health Officials if you’re in Nigeria. Airtime is free on this number.
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