Ebola is back and worse. There is every need for an alert to be placed on one’s movement and touches. Its in Africa and is real. You may want to believe its just in Congo,what if it’s found its way in, somehow. You wouldn’t know, reason you may want to know some basics,so a deadly mistake is averted.
Person-to-person transmission occurs after someone infected with Ebolavirus becomes symptomatic. As it can take between 2 and 21 days for symptoms to arise, a person with Ebola may have had contact with hundreds of people, which is why an outbreak can be hard to control and may spread rapidly.
Transmission of Ebola between humans can occur in several ways, including through:
- Direct contact through broken skin and mucus membranes with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people
- Indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids
- Exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions
- Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola
- Exposure to semen of people with Ebola or who have recovered from the disease (the virus can still be transmitted through semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness)
Ebola tends to spread quickly through families and among friends as they are exposed to infectious secretions when caring for an ill individual. The virus can also spread quickly within health care settings for the same reason, highlighting the importance of wearing appropriate protective equipment, such as masks, gowns and gloves.
What Are the Symptoms of Ebola?
Early on, Ebola can feel like the flu or other illnesses. Symptoms show up 2 to 21 days after infection and usually include:
- High fever
- Joint and muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
As the disease gets worse, it causes bleeding inside the body, as well as from the eyes, ears, and nose. Some people will vomit or cough up blood, have bloody diarrhea, and get a rash.
There’s no cure for Ebola, though researchers are working on it. The best thing is not to contract it.
Treatment includes an experimental serum that destroys infected cells.
Doctors manage the symptoms of Ebola with:
- Fluids and electrolytes
- Blood pressure medication
- Blood transfusions
- Treatment for other infections