Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. Fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus. Its fatality rate is up to 90%, so you have to be very careful. It might affect people in Uganda again; therefore you must read about its transmission and prevention, and try to stay safe.
News on Ebola in Uganda
Currently, the virus has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria and therefore it is far from Uganda right now. Our country can avoid this awful disease if we all know about its transmission and keep ourselves safe.
Ebola virus transmission
1. Ebola is introduced to the human population through close contact with blood, secretions and organs.
2. Ebola is not spread in the air.
3. In Uganda it can be transmitted through handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope or other animals.
4. Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission (with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people).
5. 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.
6. People recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks.
Symptoms show up 2 to 21 days after infection, usually they are these:
• High fever
• Joint and muscle aches
• Sore throat
• Stomach pain
• Lack of appetite
Later it might cause bleeding inside the body, from the eyes, ears, and nose. People will vomit or cough up blood, have bloody diarrhoea, and get a rash.
Ebola virus prevention
There are few simple things which will help you to avoid this disease in Uganda:
1. WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER
2. DON’T EAT WILD ANIMALS MEAT
3. AVOID CONTACT WITH INFECTED PEOPLE, AND KEEP THE ISOLATED
4. WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTES
5. DON’T TOUCH ANIMALS WHO HAVE DIED OF EBOLA
Scientists are working on a variety of vaccines that would protect people from Ebola or Marburg viruses. Some of the results have been promising, but further testing is needed. All you can do now is to keep yourself prevented from this disease by following those simple steps.
Please comment and tell us everything you know more about this disease so we can know and protect ourselves.
Write how do you think, is it going to affect Uganda? Edited by TechBoy / 14 Aug 2014 16:25