Ebola Virus: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Mumbai, India
November 4, 2014 4:09am CST
The name Ebola is derived from the river Ebola in Congo (Africa). This is a disease found in human body caused due to ebolavirus. The virus spreads through direct contact or other fluent from the body of an infected person. African fruit bats are found to be the reason for the spread of this virus. Bats are able to spread this disease without getting affected. The virus also gets spread through dead animals infected by bats. The disease may also cause death as reports shows that 25 percent to 90 percent infected people have been killed by the virus. Symptoms Symptoms of Ebola usually start between two days to three weeks after getting into contact with virus. It involves • Severe headache • Fatigue • Diarrhea • Vomiting • Muscle pain • Weakness • ABDOMINAL (stomach) pain • Fever Transmission Scientists are still not been able to identify the first appearance of Ebola virus in human body. They believe that the first person who got infected was due to contact with an infected animal like fruit bats or monkeys. The virus may also get transmitted from person-to-person and can result into huge number of infected people. After the virus has occurred in human body, it can spread in different ways such as blood or body fluids, objects like needles and syringes and infected fruit bats or primates (apes and monkeys). Ebola doesn’t get transmitted through air, water or by food. Prevention No FDA-approved medicine is available for Ebola as researches are still in progress but here are some tips you should follow to protect yourself if you are in an infected area. Avoid contact with blood or blood fluids and daily wash your hands with soap or alcoholic based sanitizer. Avoid contact with the body of infected person or animal Avoid contact bats and primates and raw meat of such animals Avoid the hospitals where Ebola infected patients are treated
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