EBOLA: EARLY DETECTION TO REDUCE DEATH RATE
Since 2014 West Africa has been experiencing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in modern history. The highly contagious virus has already claimed the lives of nearly 11,500 people – mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and Guinea. Moreover, Ebola panic has spread fast turning into mass hysteria. As of now, the Ebola situation is under control, though scientists are still working to prevent the Ebola epidemic in the future.
Why are people scared of Ebola?First and foremost, let’s discuss what Ebola is. Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic disease with symptoms appearing within the time period from two days to three weeks. At first, an infected person experiences flu-like symptoms that generally include:
- Fever that usually exceeds 101 degrees Fahrenheit;
- Severe headache and muscle aches;
- Sore throat;
- Extreme fatigue;
- Poor appetite.
- Hearing loss;
- Eye disorders;
- Liver inflammation;
- Muscle and joint aches;
- Apathy and weakness.
How to detect Ebola?To avoid the highly contagious disease, a person should take the following precautions:
- Avoid contact with Ebola carriers;
- Never share your personal items with other people: a towel, a razor blade, a comb, etc.
- Vaccinate – scientists developed a high efficiency vaccine called VSV-EBOV in December, 2016.
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