The news over the past couple of weeks in Nigeria has all been about the Ebola Virus and the epidemic in West Africa that has seen 1-2 cases already found in Nigeria. Ebola is one of the scarier diseases in the world for 3 main reasons. 1. It’s highly contagious, 2. It kills with 2-14 days of infection, 3. It has no cure.
That’s why prevention is very important; the most important thing you can do. Here are 5 preventive things you can do to protect yourself and loves ones from contracting the Ebola Virus.
- Avoid Crowded Areas. It’s pretty simple; The more people you come in contact with (knowingly or unknowingly), the higher your risk of coming in contact with an infected person. No one says don’t leave your house, but if you can avoid crowded places like markets, airports, public transportation etc, do so.
- Wash Your Hands a Lot. This is one of the most important and simplest prevention measures you can take. Use soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water aren’t available.
- No Bush Meat: Those of you that like to eat Bush Meat, this will be a very good time to stay away.
- Avoid Contact with Infected People. This goes in line with the first point but avoid contact with infected people. Body fluids and tissues, including blood, semen, vaginal secretions and saliva are all sources of transmission. People with Ebola or Marburg are most contagious in the later stages of the disease.
- Don’t handle remains. The bodies of people who have died of Ebola or Marburg disease are still contagious. Specially organized and trained teams should bury the remains, using appropriate safety equipment.
Take care people, and be safe.
Credits: Mayo Clinic, @4EyedMonk on twitter