Details about Ebola Virus, Ebola Fever and What you should know

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Ebola is an Hemorrhagic fever or Ebola Fever, is a rare and often fatal illness that humans and nonhuman primates “Bats, Monkey, Gorilla” contracts it. Over the year there have been several cases of Ebola outbreak in U.S, Africa and Europe. Ebola fever is a product of Ebola Virus and it’s a severe case to the victim, sever cases of Ebola has been recorded in Africa, Philippines as the Virus tends to be found in this part of the world.

The name “Ebola” came by through the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Ebola was first discovered.

Ebola Virus was discovered in the year 1976, and it has been a sporadic outbreak ever since its emerge. Following the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola reported cases have been over 2, 265 in humans around the world since 1976, and 1,531 of the reports leads to death.

Ebola Virus

Types of Ebola Virus:

  • Ebola-Zaire.
  • Ebola-Sudan
  • Ebola-Ivory Coast
  • Ebola-Bundibugyo
  • Ebola-Reston

All of the sub-types listed above are found majorly in Africa, Ebola-reston is particularly found in Philippines It mostly cause illness in Animals and not humans.

How People Contract Ebola

You get the Ebola Virus via direct contact with the Bodily Fluids of an infected animal or human. These include Blood, Saliva, Vomit, Feaces, Urine and Food.

Following the update from World Health Organization, you can also get the Deadly Diseases by handling a sick or dead wild animal that has been infected (www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en).

Some Research as proven that Ebola can be transmitted through air from nonhuman primates that has been infected such as Monkey.

Ebola Virus

What are the Symptoms of Ebola?

If you get any of the Africa Ebola Virus, you will begin to display the following symptoms which will take effect severely on you from 2 to 21 days of exposure. Illness from Ebola is almost instantly while the initial symptoms could be any of the following;

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore Heart
  • Joint and Soreness
  • General Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Swelling of the genitals
  • Internal and external bleeding “which varies from mouth, nose, reectum”
  • Bleeding of rah over the entire Body.

Ebola fever is diagnosed using the blood tests to detect the Virus in the blood of the suspect based on the symptoms displayed by the victim.

How can Ebola be treated?

Currently there is no cure for Ebola. However, the recommendations listed below are meant to ease the symptoms.

  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Intravenous Fluids
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Medications to treat Shock
  • Pain Medications.

If you have any contact with the victim (Unknowingly) or you are exposed to an atmosphere where the Virus is currently prevailing, you need to visit your Doctor as soon as possible to suppress the effect of Ebola Virus and to test if you are actually positive as a result of the contact. The earlier you receive Medical attention and treatments the better your chances will be for survival.

Ebola is a Deadly Virus and must not be taken for granted, if you suspect any chances in your overall wellbeing, in an environment where Ebola is currently rampant the best step you can take is to visit your nearest Hospital for proper medication.

How can you prevent Ebola Fever?

You can lower your risk of becoming infected with Ebola by avoiding locations where it is rampant especially during time when there is an Ebola Outbreak.

If you happen to find yourself in Africa, avoid handling live or dead animals. Some species of animals can actually carry Ebola Virus. Make sure you apply protective, covering (gown, gloves, full face mask and eye goggles) if you are around a person who is already infected. The best option however is to stay away from such people as there have been records of Doctors who got infected by treating an Ebola Patient.

References:

http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/special/health/disease/ebola.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ebola-fever-virus-infection

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001339.htm

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