Unless you have been living under a rock you know that the Ebola virus means business. The virus is so infectious that it can be transmitted through any body fluids, be it urine, sweat or saliva. People have gotten it by just touching the remains of a victim. Most statistics show a fatality rate of around 80% to 90% after infection and there is currently no licensed Ebola vaccine. The situation is so out of control that even the people who thought that they could handle any threat (the US) are scared sh*tless.
So how do you protect yourself?
First you have to know the symptoms to look out for. Most Ebola victims get a sudden onset of symptoms such as fatigue, sore throat, muscle pain and headache in the early stages. This is followed by diarrhea, vomiting, rashes and impaired liver and kidney functions. Internal and external bleeding may be experienced in the later stages of the diseases development. Although these symptoms may mimic those of other diseases such as meningitis, typhoid fever and malaria, the way things are at the moment, it is best to avoid direct contact with the victims until a professional diagnosis has been made.
If you have to handle an Ebola patient or nurse them at home ensure that they are well isolated. This is to ensure that the outbreak is contained. Appropriate gloves and protective gear should be worn when making contact with patients and regular hand washing should done especially after visiting a patient in hospital or any other healthcare facility.
Any body fluids from an Ebola patient are an extreme biohazard risk therefore never attempt to take matters into your own hands, let the professionals do it.
There you have it Stay Safe!