As the second Ebola case has been confirmed in Dallas, let us take a minute to understand the disease, symptoms and signs and be careful to protect us. As per CDC, Ebola exposure can happen if get into close contact with body fluids of persons afflicted with Ebola and the symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days. The early symptoms are
- Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
This is particularly important for those members of the community who travel across the nation or world because you never now who is sitting next to you. If you develop any of these symptoms, please visit your doctor without delay
While there is no vaccine approved for Ebola yet, CDC recommends the following preventive care
- Practice careful hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
- Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids
- Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
- Avoid contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids, and raw meat prepared from these animals.
For more information, call 117 or visit http://www.cdc.gov