Ebola: Preventions and symptoms to watch out for

Ebola is a deadly disease though rare and it affects human beings and nonhuman primates such as chimpanzee and gorillas.

With the Ebola scare now in East Africa after killing a family of three in Uganda, it is important to know what the disease entails. Here are the most essential facts:

How Ebola Spreads:

  • Contact with infected nonhuman primates such as apes.
  • Contaminated objects such as needles.
  • Semen from a man who was infected with Ebola.
  • Infected blood and body fluids such as sweat, semen, breast milk.
Things you need to know about Ebola. [Source: Standard Digital]

Treatment of Ebola: Currently, Ebola has no cure but if diagnosed early someone’s survival chances can improve.

  • Giving oxygen therapy to patient to maintain oxygen levels.
  • Providing constant fluids to the patient through the vein.
  • Giving medications that support blood pressure, reduce vomiting and diarrhea and control fever.

Read Also: Kenya is Ebola-free, says CS Kariuki after tests on Kericho patient

Symptoms of Ebola: The symptoms of Ebola begin showing at two to 21 days after contact with the virus.

  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained internal and external bleeding
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhoea

Prevention of Ebola

  • Avoid contact with an infected person
  • Avoid bushmeat
  • Avoid outbreak areas
  • Avoid handling remains of people who died of Ebola
  • Constantly wash your hands

The government has given these hotlines for one to call in case you experience fever, chills, headache or have any history of recent travel to Ebola affected countries: 0732353535 or 0729471414.

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