Ebola is a very serious and scary disease that has devastated West Africa and now made it’s way to the United States. With the threat levels rising, experts are predicting the Ebola outbreak to be the next epidemic like AIDS. Precautions must be taken and we can’t be careful enough to protect ourselves. Through education and awareness, we can do our best to avoid further spreading. Click here to read more about Ebola.
Below we have listed what Ebola does to the human body, how to prevent contraction, and the risks involved with the disease spreading. Be aware!
Top Facts To Know About Ebola
- The disease is only contagious once a person has symptoms.
- Symptoms of Ebola include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle pain, stomach ache, unknown bleeding or bruising, loss of appetite, and rash.
- Once the disease is contracted, it may take 25 days to experience symptoms.
- About 4,000 people have been reported as dead from the virus, but in reality the number is closer to 20,000. Many Africans chose not to go to hospitals for treatment in which case they were not accounted for.
- 50% of Ebola patients die as the disease lowers the immune system and causes organ failure, severe bleeding, coma, seizures, delirium, and shock.
- Complications after the disease is cured include hair loss, sensory changes, hepatitis, weakness, fatigue, headaches, and inflammation.
How To Protect Yourself From Ebola
- Carry hand sanitizer, sanitizer wipes, and wash hands frequently with antibacterial soap.
- Avoid bodily fluids including blood, saliva, sweat, etc. of anyone who is sick.
- Avoid hospitals hosting patients who have Ebola.
- Do not travel to west Africa.
- Avoid crowded areas with many people like airports, sports stadiums, concerts, etc.
- Sanitize and wash anything that has potentially been touched by a person with Ebola.