?Ebola has killed more than 1000 people. Despite there had been no Ebola case in Tanzania, we should be aware of it. Prevention is better than cure.
What is Ebola?
- ?Ebola is a killer disease, which presents with high fever and bleeding tendencies.
- It is very infectious, kills in a short time but can be prevented.
What are the signs and symptoms of Ebola?
• Abdominal pain
• Measles like rash
• Red eyes
• Sore throat
• Bleeding from body openings may or may not be present
Note: Virus incubation period is 2-22 days
How is it spread?
- Ebola is spread through direct physical contact with body fluids like blood, saliva, stool, vomitus, urine, and sweat of an infected person and soiled linen used by a patient
- Splashing of body fluids from an infected person into the eyes of another person
- It can also be spread through using skin piercing instruments that have been used by an infected person
- The Virus can also be got through contact with persons who have died of Ebola
- The virus can also be got through eating dead animals especially monkeys that died of Ebola.
How can it be prevented?
- ?Avoid direct contact with body fluids of a person suffering from Ebola by using protective materials like gloves, goggles, and masks
- Disinfect the beddings and clothing of an infected person
- Persons suspected to be suffering from Ebola should be taken to the nearest health unit immediately for proper management
- Persons who have died of Ebola must be handled using strong protective wear and buried immediately; avoid feasting and funerals should take a short time
- Report any suspected cases of Ebola to the nearest health unit immediately
- Wash your hands with soap and water after handling a patient or the body of a person who has died of Ebola
- Avoid eating dead animals especially monkeys.