The Ebola virus is a severe and often fatal disease in humans and some primates with an unknown origin. Most doctors and other researchers believe this is an animal-borne disease.
It was discovered in 1976 and has primarily been a disease to impact different countries in Africa. Read some tips below on how you can prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Understand how it is spread
Understanding how the disease is spread is the key to preventing it. The number one source of infection is through direct contact with someone who is infected. Typically blood and other body fluids can infect you. Contact with a patients bedding or needles could be a source of contraction. Make sure all of these materials are disposed of according to regulation standards.
Avoid infected areas
The disease has been confirmed in West Africa, Central Africa, and a handful of cases in the United States as well as in Europe. Keep informed on infected areas by vising the website for Centers for Disease Control.
Stay away from infected individuals
Contact with infected patients is the most common way to contract the disease. If you know of someone who is or may be infected, avoid direct contact with them at all costs.
Avoid eating wild-caught meat
Most researchers believe that this is an animal borne illness. Therefore if you are in an infected area, do not purchase or consume any meat products just to play it safe.
Common Ebola virus symptoms include but are not limited to the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramping
- No appetite
Protective clothing and gear
If you are a medical professional and must be around infected patients, make sure you wear protective medical clothing and use caution. Disposable gloves and masks are suggested.
If it all possible stay away from infected patients as well as watching out for common symptoms.