EBOLA has been declared as International Emergency including India. Facing the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus, with almost 1,000 fatalities in West Africa, the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency on Friday, demanding an extraordinary response.
Since Ebola outbreak is putting all of us at risk it is essential we should know what is EBOLA and the precautions required to face the deadly virus..
What is EBOLA?
It is a virus that attacks a person blood system:
Ebola is what scientists call a hemorrhagic fever - it operates by making its victims bleed from almost anywhere on their body.Usually victims bleed to death.
Pertaining to bleeding or the abnormal flow of blood.
Ebola is highly contagious;It is Being transmitted via contact with body fluids such as blood, sweat, saliva,semen or other body discharges.
Ebola is however NOT AN AIRBORNE VIRUS!.
EXTREMELY deadly:About 90% of people that catch Ebola will die from it.It's one of the deadliest diseases in the world,killing in just a few weeks.
It is Untreatable (not curable):Ebola has no known treatment or cure.Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that they recover.
How Do I Know Someone has Ebola? - Symptoms include:-
•Joint & Muscle pains
•Lack of Appetite
One should Protect Oneself in following manner :
- Wash Your Handswith Soap. Do this a lot. You can also use a good hand sanitizer.
- Avoid unnecessary physical contact with people.
- Restrict yourself to food you prepared yourself.
- Disinfect Your Surroundings
-The virus cannot survive disinfectants,heat, direct sunlight,detergents and soaps.
•Fumigate If you have Pests.
•Rodents can be carriers of Ebola.
•Fumigate your environment & dispose off the carcasses properly!
•Dead bodies CAN still transmit Ebola. Don't touch them without protective gear or better yet avoid them altogether.Protect Yourself:
•Use protective gear if you must care or go near someone you suspect has Ebola.
•Report any suspicious symptoms in yourself or anyone else IMMEDIATELY. Do not delay!
•Tell your neighbours,colleagues and domestic.staff (anyone really). " Basically you're safer when everyone is educated."
Here is the News on EBOLA as mentioned in India Today vis-a-vis the Do's & Dont's . Please click this link:-
Now the entire media and newspaper is full with EBOLA caution. I feel EBOLA is more dangerous than AIDS. AIDS is not contagious. But EBOLA is deadly contagious. Even the dead body is contagious. US is getting break though in treatment. But mass medicine will take time.
United Nation has declared it as International Emergency. Three authentic sources of information, NY Times, The Guardian and Dainik Bhaskar(Bhopal edition 09.08.14 in Hindi) are attached for information.
One should not Panick, it is Just for precaution and prevention. Because "Prevention is always better than cure"..
The New York Times URL http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/09/world/africa/who-declares-ebola-in-west-africa-a-health-emergency.html?ref=health&_r=0
Dainik Bhaskar :-
( Source:Discovery News 2nd Aug 2014.:-)