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Ebola: How to stay safe

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Ebola virus infection is deadly and fatal having mortality rate of 90 %. The disease originated in Central and West African countries and has imposed a huge threat to other nations where people travel and traverse from the infected zones. Ebola infection also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever causes both internal and external bleeding due to severe drop in blood clotting cells which ultimately leads to death.

Thus, CDC and WHO have formulated certain precautionary measures to safeguard public from getting exposed to this life threatening virus.

Check out this article to know how to stay safe from Ebola.


Step 1: Educate yourself about the infection, Recognize the symptoms

You must educate yourself about the virus so that you do not commit the mistake of exposing yourself to it. Most importantly recognize the symptoms of Ebola infection.

We explain them below: 

  • Fever, cough, chills, body ache, joint pain and headache
  • Weakness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea
  • Gradually, bleeding from different body parts and chest pain

Note: Rush to doctor immediately on experiencing the aforementioned symptoms.

 

Step 2: Avoid travelling to affected countries

This is the first measure towards your safety. No matter how important your work or reason is behind travelling to the affected nations of Africa, just postpone it!

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Step 3: Avoid contact with Ebola infected person

The virus spreads through body fluids, blood and semen. Thus, you have to ensure that you do not establish any kind of physical contact with victims. Health care workers dealing with Ebola epidemic are provided masks, gloves, goggles, and special outfits while handling patients. 

 

Step 4: Stay away from suspected person as well

In this case, prevention is better than cure (rather death because there’s no cure!). If your friend or a co-passenger you are travelling with has flu like symptoms then it’s better to maintain distance from that person for your personal safety.

 

Step 5: Foods that you MUST not eat

For your safety, avoid eating any form of uncooked meat and raw vegetables and fruits. Refrain from eating bush meat and bat meat no matter how well it has been cooked. Do not go to places having butchery shops.

 

Step 6: Wash your hands as many times possible

Always carry a hand wash and sanitizer with yourself. Never eat food without washing your hands. Keep a watch on your kids and make sure they are practicing the same habits.

 

Step 7: Stay away from dead bodies

A normal healthy person should not be allowed to go near the Ebola infected dead bodies. The virus is still alive and very much infectious in remains as well. A special team handles such cases where they take the necessary precautions from the virus.

Point to note: Till date there’s no vaccine available for Ebola virus nor there’s any antiviral drug or specific treatment for it. Thus, the only way to save yourself is to go away from the vicinity of the epidemic or be utmost careful about your safety.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: August 30, 2014