Ebola is devastating the social life of West Africa

Ebola is devastating the social life of West Africa

Dr. Kent Brantly of USA who treated number of patients in West Africa told that only one person he had seen recovered from this deadly disease. Ebola has become an epidemic form there. Many people have died from the virus in the last 9 months of 2014. The virus occupied its area firstly from Guinea to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and now Senegal is affected by it and is called as the World’s first Ebola epidemic.

The virus increased in volume especially in Central and East Africa where people have no previous experience with Ebola, densely populated area, people were not prepared for that.

Symptoms of Ebola:
1.   Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
2.   Severe headache
3. Muscle pain
4. Weakness
5. Diarrhea
6. Vomiting
7. Abdominal (stomach) pain
8. Lack of appetite

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebola virus, although 8-10 days is most common. Completely dependent upon the immune system of the patient. Because some people are able to resist the virus and recover from it, some people are not able to fight significantly and die ultimately.

Ebola rumour is fuelled due to illiteracy, insufficient health information, and delayed health campaigning. A myth is on the air that hot water and salt can protect from the virus. According to another myth, hot chocolate, coffee and raw onions can resist Ebola. Somebody says that Homeopathy has treatment for Ebola. According to World Health Organisation, there is no evident base that Homeopathy can cure Ebola, instead patients who are heavily affected need intensive supportive care.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no specific medicine is seen effective to control Ebola. Survival of a patient is more if treated earlier following appeared symptoms.

1.   Intravenous fluids are given to maintain body salts.
2.   Oxygen status and Blood Pressure are maintained accordingly.
3.   Treatment of other infections on occurring.

Most of the time Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is misdiagnosed initially, so treatment infections at early stage is quite challenging. If a person got Ebola virus, public health professionals should be notified and the patient should be kept in isolation. Supportive medicines should continue wearing proper protective clothing till the blood and other samples are tested confirmed as Ebola infection.

Treatment of Ebola is tested effective on animals, but still not on human being.

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