By Ehi Ekhator, Vanessa Enofe, Naija Center News
Despite the outbreak and several incidents reported on the Ebola virus, many people still believe it’s a mere hoax as they have not been opportune to see its victim.
Ebola is a dreaded virus disease that is spreading so fast across West Africa and has killed more than 670 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The fast spreading of the virus has attracted international response with various government doing everything possible to make sure it’s not transferred to their countries.
The Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has expressed worries saying the virus is out of control after a Liberian with the Ebola virus died in Lagos, Nigeri, one of the most populated city.
Ebola was first discovered in 1976 and has since then killed about 2000 people. The morality rate at that time was around 90 percent compare to the new estimate of about 60 percent.
Precautionary motive has led to government around the world to instruct the doctors and citizens to report any suspicious symptoms to in order to check the widespread. Early symptoms include headaches, joint and muscle pain, fever and lack of appetite. Symptoms to check at the deadly stage are, diarrhoea, stomach pain, vomiting, internal and external bleeding usually from the eyes, nose and mouth.
No cure or treatment has been reported. The only treatment available presently is to keep the patient hydrated as in the case of treating a normal fever.
Ebola carrier can transmit the virus through bodily fluids, making hospital not the safest place the moment a patient affected is admitted as anyone, patients, doctors and even nurses can easily be exposed or infected.
A spokesman for the World Health Organisation, Tarik Jasarevic said that over 100 health workers had lost their lives in three affected countries like the Sierra Leone doctor, Sheikh Umar Khan who died after being infected by the virus from his patients, with more than 50 of them dying despite strict procedures on how carriers should be treated.
According to Independent Report, poor hygiene standards, local and international health workers, led in many cases by MSF and the WHO, face a combination of fear, suspicion and local traditions for burying the dead as they try to prevent Ebola spreading further.
In Liberia, the anti-viral effort is being led by the Health Ministry – but part of its headquarters were destroyed last week when a man set in on fire in protest over the Ebola death of his 14-year-old brother.
In its most recent update on the Ebola situation, the WHO said efforts in the main countries “to scale up and strengthen all aspects of the outbreak response” were ongoing – suggesting we are still a long way from getting the better of the disease.
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