Issued In Public Interest: Thing About Ebola That Could Save Your Life


Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a contagious disease which mainly victimizes humans. The cause of this dreaded epidemic is the Ebola virus. The fatality rates of this dangerous disease are pretty high, where at least 50 to 90% of the infected victims end up dying. This epidemic is actually a ‘hemorrhagic fever’ where the infected subjects face either internal or external bleeding which is the most important factor which leads to their death. The sources of the deadly virus are remote villages located in few parts of Africa which fall under the belt of tropical rain forests. Fruit bats are considered to be the carriers of this killer virus. Exchange of body fluids with these infected animal’s leads to transmission of the virus, thus making any normal person a victim of Ebola.

Once a human acquires the virus, there are high chances of the disease spreading amongst the people he/she closely interacts with, mainly family members.

The symptoms of this epidemic can be realized within 8 to 10 days of getting infected. The most important symptom which indicates that a person has fallen prey to Ebola is hemorrhage. Rupture of few internal parts of the body such as gastrointestinal tracts, nose, vagina and gums, which leads to bleeding, may be experienced. Bleeding may also be experienced while vomiting or even in stools.

How It Spreads

  • Physical contact with infected people. The most vulnerable are health care workers and family members.
  • Handling the bodies of those died of Ebola

Other Symptoms Include:

  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Stomach pain
  • Weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Severe headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Impaired blood clotting

Preventive Measures

  • Avoid physical contacts with infected people. Even preserving the corpse of dead infected people to carry out a research would lead to contraction of the disease.
  • Forced isolation of the infected person, also known as quarantine, is the most common practice to prevent contagious diseases. This would decrease the spreading of the disease to a great extent.
  • Discarding the consumption of raw meat of infected monkeys and bats would avoid chances of getting infected.
  • Creating awareness amongst human communities about the killer epidemic.
  • Choosing a separate burial place for the infected dead.
  • If someone shows the early sign of being infected please send them to the nearest medical facility ASAP!

Though continuous research to find a solution to eradicate Ebola is being conducted, there’s no specific medicine that can completely cure the infected. Hence it’s best to keep all the preventive measures in mind to avoid the wrath of the disease.