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90% of people who get Ebola die, other interesting facts about the disease

  1. Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
  2. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through the human to human transmission.
  3. It’s only spread through body fluids like blood, urine, any secretions and any other fluid of infected animals like monkeys, gorillas and the list is endless.
  4. Health workers treating the virus need to wear protective clothing to avoid transmitting the virus. They should use infection-control measures such as sterilization and routine use of disinfectants.
  5. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the case fatality rate is 90%, meaning pretty much everyone who gets the disease dies.
  6. Ebola survivors and their sexual partners should receive counselling to ensure safer sex practice until their semen is tested twice negative or they abstain from all types of sex.
  7. Kenya was classified by the WHO as one of the ‘high risk’ countries for the spread of the deadly virus. A WHO official reported that Kenya is vulnerable because it was the major transport hub with many flights from West Africa.
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