Awareness: Quick facts about the dreadful Ebola disease

Victim of Ebola virus

Victim of Ebola virus

Amid the security challenges facing the country, its troubling nature means more attention has been concentrated on making the country safe from the dreadful Islamic-sect Boko Haram. So the issue of Health is ostensibly second fiddle, but with the latest viral disease on the loose, if not given serious attention, could exacerbate to a fatal epidemic that analyst fear the country could face difficulties containing.

Background

The first case of the deadly Ebola virus occurred in a village in Congo, very close to the popular Ebola River, where it got its name from.

World Health Organization (WHO) in February reported 888 Ebola cases, with half of that figure culminating to death.

Race down to June this year, Guinea recorded 390 patients infected with the virus, and again half of that figure resulting to death. Other countries like Liberia, Guniea, Sierra Leone have had a fair share of fatal cases from the deadly virus.

With Ghana having reported a single case of infection, it omens an urgent cautious approach needed from the Government to annihilate any traits of the virus getting into Nigeria.

SOURCE OF EBOLA INFECTION

It has been revealed that the natural hosts for the virus are from Animals such as Bats, Rats, Chimpanzees, Gorrillas, Monkeys. So inevitably, the Animals spread the virus to Humans.

Transmission

Ebola is transmitted by various methods.

The most common are listed below:

1) Having contact with blood and secretions of infected animals or people

2) Having contact with Environments with the contaminated fluids

3) Close contact with a victim’s body or bath water

4) Eating fruits that are contaminated by bats with the virus

People at risk?

Anybody

Signs and Symptoms

Fever, Severe headache, Body rash, muscle pain, joints pain, fatigue, vomiting blood, Swollen Abdomen, Sore throat, Red eye, Bleeding from the nose.

Treatment

Sadly, at the moment there are no treatments or vaccine for people infected with the virus

ANYBODY INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS SHOULD SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION TO AVOID DEATH AND SPREADING OF THE VIRUS

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