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We need to TALK about #Ebola

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.

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