Ebola - What you need to know

What is Ebola

Ebola is a severe infectious disease in humans and animals such as monkeys and gorillas, which is caused by infection with the Ebola virus.

It is very infectious, kills in a short time BUT can be prevented.

How is it spread?

  • Ebola is spread through direct physical contact with body fluids like blood, saliva, stool, vomitus, urine, and sweat of an infected person and soiled linen used by a patient
  • Splashing of body fluids from an infected person into the eyes of another person
  • It can also be spread through using skin piercing instruments that have been used by an infected person
  • The Virus can also be got through contact with persons who have died of Ebola
  • The virus can also be got through eating dead animals especially monkeys that died of Ebola.

How can it be prevented?

  • Wash your hands often with soap.
  • Avoid direct contact with body fluid of a person suffering from Ebola, or dead person by wearing gloves, masks and goggles.
  • Persons suspected to be suffering from Ebola should be taken to the nearest hospital.
  • Person who have died of Ebola must be handled using strong, protective wear and buried immediately.
  • Report any suspected cases of Ebola to the nearest health facility immediately.
  • Suspected persons should be kept away from other persons

Sources: World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Ghana

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