We need to know the basics about #Ebola . This is the best way to manage our fears and to make sure we’re sharing the correct info.
- Transmission of #Ebola » direct contact with the skin or the bodily fluids of an Ebola-infected person or animal
- Transmission of #Ebola » direct contact with the body of someone who has died from Ebola
- Transmission of #Ebola » direct contact with contaminated surfaces and contaminated MEDICAL EQUIPMENT such as needles
- You CANNOT get #Ebola from water, food, or air. It is NOT an airborne disease.
- A person with #Ebola has to be SYMPTOMATIC to spread the disease.
Ebola infection + no symptoms = no spread. Simple.
- What are the symptoms of #Ebola ? Very similar to flu, non-specific » high fever, joint pain, headache, sore throat, tummy pain, weakness
- When do #Ebola symptoms start showing? Anything between 2 – 21 days after infection, hence quarantined patients are observed for 21 days
- What does #Ebola do to you? It affects your organs and death mostly occurs due to multiple organ failure
- Diagnosis of #Ebola » travel history is all-important. Flu-like symptoms and recent travel to an Ebola-stricken area are red flags!
- Diagnosis of #Ebola » it is vital for anyone who has TRAVELLED to an Ebola-stricken area and has symptoms to seek medical care asap
- Treatment of #Ebola » supportive care. Managing dehydration, treating infections, providing oxygen, maintaining blood pressure, etc
- Limiting the spread of #Ebola » stringent infection control, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, universal precautions with all bodily fluids
- Let’s TALK about practical issues around #Ebola and why it continues to spread in some of the Ebola-stricken countries …
- #Ebola #Part2
- Infection prevention and control » preventing and reducing the spread of #Ebola within the community and in the healthcare setting
- Hand hygiene – #Ebola aside – is this how you wash your hands?
- Cough etiquette – cover your cough and sneeze. Do the ‘sleeve sneeze’ and cough #Ebola