Showing posts with label The Truth About Ebola. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Truth About Ebola. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Truth About Ebola


The media has gone crazy these last couple of weeks revolving around Ebola. We want to keep you informed because a lot of satire and fabrications over this virus have been spreading like wild fire. Let's start with exactly WHAT Ebola is.

Ebola is one of numerous viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) transmitted through direct contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person or exposure to objects (i.e. needles) that have been contaminated with the infected body fluids. This virus can affect both humans and non humans (i.e.: monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Studies are showing that this virus came from a bat.

Myths

  • VHF (Ebola) can be transmitted through the air.
              The Truth: VHF (Ebola) CANNOT be transmitted through the air.

  • Ebola came out of nowhere this year.

             The Truth: Ebola did not just surface out of nowhere this year. Ebola was first discovered in 
             1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  •  Ebola has a cure.
            The Truth: No vaccine or medicine is available to cure Ebola. Experimental vaccines and   
            treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not been fully tested.

  • You will catch Ebola if you travel to Africa.
           The Truth: Not necessarily. The places to avoid are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to 
           the high level of Ebola cases. Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo have only  
          experienced a small number of Ebola cases so as long as precautionary measures are taken, 
          exposure should be limited.

Overall, it's all about protecting yourself so that we can diminish the spread of this awful virus. How you can accomplish this is to simply keep yourself clean. Wash your hands frequently; avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, especially someone who is sick; don't touch bats and non human primates or their blood and fluids.

For more information on how to properly treat Ebola and other great info on this virus, please check out our source, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
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