#EbolaFacts: Preventive Measures against Ebola Virus Disease

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Ebola: Doctors wearing Personal protective Equipments (PPE)

Ebola: Doctors wearing Personal protective Equipments (PPE)

I tweeted about preventive measures against Ebola yesterday but, I thought it’s best I put all the #EbolaFacts below for everyone to read.

And before you say ‘I know it jor’, please calm down and read what I have for you:

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a dangerous, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is said to be passed on to people from wild animals and spreads in humans through human-to-human transmission (through broken skin or mucous membranes). It is through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids of infected animals.

It has been noticed that the outbreak has happened for the most part in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. As such, and sadly too, no licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals. However, there are preventive measures that can be taken.

Read on to know what you can do to prevent yourself:

• Regular cleaning and disinfection of pigs and monkeys along with complete equipment sterilization is extremely vital.

• All needles and sharps should be handled with great care. They should be disposed in puncture-proof, sealed containers to avoid contact.

• It is crucial that the areas of known outbreaks be avoided. If in case you happen to make a visit to Africa (especially in West African countries such as; Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and now Nigeria), make sure you have done your research and find out about present epidemics by checking the centres for disease control and prevention website.

• Cook food thoroughly before consumption and try to keep away from consuming meat or avoid eating meats such as ‘bush meat’, bats, monkeys and pigs.

• Ensure that you wash your hands often. Use soap and water each time you wash. You could even make use of alcohol-based hand rubs.

• Stay away from contact with infected people. If it is necessary then make sure you are wearing protective clothing such as masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles. Infected person’s body fluids, tissues, blood, semen, vaginal secretions and saliva should not come in contact with the non-infected.

• Safety equipment or Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used and no direct contact should be made with the body of the deceased patient.


P.S: It is very important we share this important information with friends, families and loved ones and it would also mean a lot to me if you could be kind enough to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yookos and other social media platforms. Reach the unreached, tell the untold. Yes, that’s the spirit.


P. S: Health ministry opens #Ebola hotline 08023210923, 08097979595, 07067352220, Email: ebolainfo@health.gov.ng

Ok, that’s all for now and if you know more about the preventive measures against Ebola please don’t hesitate to write it in the comment box below or reach me via my twitter handle @Mayjorh

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