Ebola FAQs

When is immediate medical intervention critical? In case one has traveled from Ebola virus hit hotspots or touched a patient who exhibited symptoms of Ebola, it behooves summoning medical experts. Instantaneous medical intervention is crucial to enhancing the rate of endurance from the ailment. It is essential to counter suffusion of the virus and infectivity with prompt procedural response to a potential case. Is there efficient curative treatment? Direly...

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Ebola Preventative Measures

Ebola Virus Disease is a highly contagious ailment that normally succumb its victims to death when the symptoms escalate to insuperable levels. If there is an outburst in concentrated populations, the disease can wreak havoc. In any case, areas will be contaminated if bodily fluids and egested stool are present in the areas like toilets and various surfaces like door knobs and in-house paraphernalia. The places should be cleaned meticulously using...

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Why is the world on alert for Ebola right now?

Since the WHO declared an international crises caused by Ebola Virus Disease, governments have embarked on measures to preempt the contagiousness of the epidemic. The goal is to ensure that the world is not decimated by this deadly disease. The patients have been secluded in Europe and substantially in Africa for monitoring symptoms of the lethal virus. The outbreak has left thousands of casualties on the global scale. In the meanwhile, authorities...

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How is Ebola transmitted?

Unlike the common ailments that afflict human beings like flu or measles, Ebola’s transmission does not occur through the air. The disease is transferred if there is direct contact with various bodily fluids of an infected patient. Direct contact denotes fluids touching eyes, wounds, cut, opened skin or mouth, the disease is neither airborne nor does it spread by liquids like water. In this vein, the body fluids which spread Ebola’s virus include...

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Why the global alarm about Ebola?

Ebola Virus Disease is a serious, normally deadly ailment, with its death rate above 90%. The disease afflicts humans as well as animals like primates and a certain species of bats. In the current crisis that has enfolded West Africa; substantial cases have been traced to human-to-human transference. Infections are ascribable to direct handling via ruptured skin or mucous peripheral layer or other body fluids and secretions of contaminated persons....

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New York Giants brief players on Ebola before trip to Dallas

The New York Giants are briefing their players on the Ebola virus in advance of the team’s trip to Dallas for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Giants team medical personnel were briefed on the disease and then provided information to the players via email this week, with instructions to contact team medical personnel with any questions they might have. There have been three confirmed cases of the disease in Dallas, but for the most part the Giants...

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A Potted History of Ebola

In 1976, Ebola (named after the Ebola River in Zaire) first emerged in Sudan and Zaire. The first outbreak of Ebola (Ebola-Sudan) infected over 284 people, with a mortality rate of 53%. A few months later, the second Ebola virus emerged from Yambuku, Zaire, Ebola-Zaire (EBOZ). EBOZ, with the highest mortality rate of any of the Ebola viruses (88%), infected 318 people. Despite the tremendous effort of experienced and dedicated researchers, Ebola’s...

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Nurse with Ebola called CDC before boarding flight

In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said “somebody dropped the ball.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and...

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