- The virus is transmitted to humans from primates and spreads in the population through human-to-human transmission. Ebola is highly contagious and transmitted through contact with body fluids, blood, saliva, semen.
- No vaccine for EVD is available. Several vaccines are being tested, but none are available for clinical use. No specific treatment is available. New drug therapies are being evaluated.
- The disease is one of the deadliest in the world killing up to 90% of people who contact the virus.
- People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus, the symptoms take 2 – 21 days to be apparent.
- In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest
- Ebola can stay alive on a surface for at least several days, you could also get it from touching bedding or other inanimate objects contaminated with those bodily fluids. After that, you would have to get the virus into your body by, for example, touching food and eating it.
Ways to Avoid contacting the Virus
- Wash your hands often and keep a Hand Sanitizer nearby…avoid unnecessary contact
- Avoid Bush Meat and Suya at this time as Bush meat may carry the virus. it is advisable to restrict yourself to food you prepare yourself.
- Disinfect your environment as the virus cannot survive disinfectants, heat, direct sunlight, soap and detergent.
- Fumigate your surroundings, rodents are believed to be carriers for the virus.
- Don’t touch dead bodies as they may still carry the virus.
- Educate everyone around you, family, domestic staff and others the more people know about the disease the better chance to avoid it.
Get medical attention if any of the symptoms such as developing a fever, tiredness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, coughing, diarrhoea which may all include blood or bleeding from the nose and the mouth.
EBOLA EMERGENCY LINES FOR LAGOS STATE: 08033086660, 08055281442, 08023169485, 08033065303, 08055329229.
Be Safe and Healthy!
source: culled from DR. G. A.BASSEY, NNPC Lagos Medical presentation