Ebola Alert – Stay Informed About Ebola Virus Prevention

Are you worried and concerned about all the Ebola news spreading like wildfire these days in the media? There is likely not a single person that has not heard a news report about the deadly Ebola virus, and it has caused panic for some people. No doubt the media is playing their cards, but at the same time, the public benefits by taking precautions.

The virus has seen a widespread outbreak in west African countries, the deadliest outbreak to date. Now, the cases within the United States stem from US travelers working in west Africa. Not all of the cases reported have been confirmed, and it has made many people, including medical professionals take a better look at how to handle all the surrounding circumstances.

Ebola Virus Cycle and Prevention
By CDC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
For starters, transmission of the Ebola virus needs to be understood. Certainly, the cases that have been reported have been in isolation. Does that mean that if you come into contact with a person who has the disease that you’re going to get it too?

It takes more than just coming into contact with a person. There must be a transmission of bodily fluids for the disease to be contagious. This can be blood, saliva, sweat or any other bodily fluid that can be transmitted from person to person.

Just given that the disease is contagious and deadly is enough to scare people. Factor in the unknown portions about the disease and the fact that it caught medical workers slightly off guard, and it makes people wonder if there is not going to be an epidemic of Ebola.

Even with the misconceptions and improper handling on some levels, the Ebola outbreak has been extremely limited. Why? This is because medical professionals say that while it is spread by coming into contact with bodily fluids, this doesn’t mean that it spreads every time or even rapidly.

By Ed Uthman, Houston, Texas, USA (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
However, another thing that has people concerned is the window of time in which the symptoms first appear. Did you know that the average amount of time it takes for a person to start having Ebola symptoms after infection is between 8 and 10 days? It can take as long as 21 days, or a person can start feeling the symptoms after just two days.

Given that the longest time window and point of reference is 21 days, it makes people worried that the whole picture of how many people are exposed is not fully realized at any given point. Plus, since the people need to be isolated, it can make you wonder if there are still others out there spreading the virus unbeknownst to medical authorities.

Once a person contracts the Ebola virus, what is the treatment and outlook? Well, obviously the person is kept in isolation as has been reported. A person’s recovery is going to have everything to do with the immune system of that person as well as the clinical care that is given. Another good aspect of recovery is that a person who recovers actually has antibodies within them for a minimum of ten years that make them Ebola resistant.

There are some uncertainties about the Ebola virus, and that is what is making people panic at times. However, there is enough known about Ebola, and you know enough now after reading this article not to go into panic mode but to handle your concern with level-headed precaution and care.

Practice good hygiene, watch yourself in close quarters, and pay attention to the media. The media’s portrayal may not be in the best light at times, but they are trying to keep people informed nonetheless. It is how you take the news and run with it that matters.

You can read up more on Ebola as well, as there is plenty of information out there, especially about the current outbreaks. Some people are opting not to travel to areas in which Ebola virus cases have been reported.

People with weaker immune systems definitely need to take more precautions, so this would mean children and older people. As long as you’re informed and doing everything you can to keep areas sanitized and clean, there is no need to panic. Instead, be on alert.

Here is a great Prevention Tips from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/prevention/index.html?s_cid=cs_284


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