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3 Things You Can Do To Prevent Ebola Virus

By Edited May 27, 2016 0 0

Ebola virus(or Ebola hemorrhagic fever)is an infectious virus that can be deadly. It causes internal and external bleeding in humans and destroys the immune system. As it progresses, it gradually shuts down organs such as the kidneys and liver. Ebola patients often suffer from nausea, severe headaches, muscle pain and weakness, vomiting, chills, and red eyes. This often fatal infection is transmitted in humans through bodily fluids of infected animals. Monkeys and fruit bats have a high risk of transmitting the virus. It can also be transmitted through contact with blood and secretions from an infected person. Ebola has an incubation period of 1-3 weeks and symptoms start 2 days-3 weeks after contracting it. The virus was discovered in the late 1970's in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has killed thousands of people since. It is a dangerous epidemic in West Africa, particularly in Liberia and Nigeria. One reason why this fever is so dangerous is because it weakens your body's defenses and makes people more vulnerable to other diseases. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but there are some measures you can use to prevent this parasite. The following 3 things can help you reduce your chances of contracting this infection:

Practice Good Hygiene

Medical professional should especially practice good hygiene when they are treating Ebola patients. They should make sure that protective equipment is worn at all times. Wearing sanitized gloves and masks help reduce their risk of becoming infected. Doctors and nurses should practice hand washing techniques before and after coming into contact with patients. Using detergent is another alternative and rubbing alcohol should be available. Towels should be used just once and surfaces should be consistently cleaned. Ebola prospers in environments that have poor hygiene and practicing quality hygiene can significantly reduce Ebola virus risk.

Wear Protective Clothing

Farmers should wear protective clothing when interacting with their animals. Zookeepers should be cautious so that they do not transmit the virus. If necessary, long shirts, pants, and socks should be worn. Eyes are vulnerable to Ebola infection and safety glasses should be considered. If you interact with pigs on your farm, you have a higher risk of contracting this infection. Studies have shown that pigs have been infected with Ebola and have been found in clinically asymptomatic people. People that work on pig farms should be cautious because this environment is a breeding ground for fruit bats. This animal is a major contributor to this deadly virus.

Get Diagnosed

If you believe that you have Ebola virus symptoms, get diagnosed as soon as possible. This can be a tricky illness because it is similar to malaria and cholera. It is also important because there is no cure for Ebola and a diagnosis is essential to preventing fatal symptoms. Your doctor can suggest new treatments that might be available to alleviate symptoms. Blood tests can also be done to determine whether someone has Ebola. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor to give you some Ebola laboratory tests. It is one of the most deadly viruses in the world and at least half of all infected patients die. Getting an early diagnosis can speed up recovery time and save your life.

Because Ebola virus has no cure, prevention should be the top priority. Scientists are continuing to research possible vaccines to fight this devastating illness. The information on the effectiveness of various medications is still in their early stages. However, you can do things to prevent this infection. Good hygiene can reduce the risk of Ebola, because it can protect people from transmitting the virus to others. Protective clothing can protect your skin from rashes associated with this illness. Getting diagnosed allows you to know your Ebola status and your doctor can advise you on the best course of action. If you do these 3 things, they will go a long way to preventing this virus.  



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