Saturday, August 2, 2014

How to protect yourself from Ebola virus

Ebola virus Symptoms

Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal illness. Around 90% of people who catch the disease will die, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

The current Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 729 lives since February, and infected over 1,000 people.

I'm sure you know it's already in Nigeria. DavidvsNaija brings you tips on how to prevent Ebola virus.

What you need to know


Ebola is extremely contagious, and is transmitted through contact with body fluids such as saliva, blood, semen, or body discharges.


Currently, there is no treatment or cure for Ebola. Victims are treated with the hope that they will recover.

However, new reports state that the United States is currently developing a drug which could be a cure for Ebola, however; it has not been approved yet.


The early symptoms of the virus are said to mimic the symptoms of malaria or flu at first. In general, it takes about 2-21 days for symptoms to become visible.

According to reports , people who have the virus aren't contagious until symptoms become visible.

Early Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Arthritis
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Backache
  • Malaise (a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being)
  • Fatigue

Late symptoms

  • Rash over the entire body that often contains blood Bleeding from the mouth and rectum (gastrointestinal bleeding)
  • Genital swelling
  • Bleeding from ears, nose, and eyes
  • Eye swelling (conjunctivitis)
  • Increased feeling of pain in the skin
  • Redness in the roof of mouth

Ebola virus Symptoms

How can you protect yourself from Ebola virus?

  • Avoid consuming bush meat or suya: There are reports that bush meat may be carrying the virus. For extra pre-cautions, avoid eating suya. In general, try to stick to food you have prepared yourself, instead of consuming food from outside sources.
  • Wash hands: You should wash your hands with soap frequently
  • Disinfect your surroundings: According to reports, the virus cannot survive disinfectants, heat, direct sunlight, detergents, and soaps.
  • Fumigate your environment Wear protective gear if you are interacting with people who have Ebola
  • Don't touch corpses: Carcasses can still transmit the virus.

Important things you need to know about Ebola virus
  • Ebola is NOT an airborne disease
  • Ebola CANNOT be transmitted via mosquito bite


  1. Not true Ebola is airborne disease studies show this including last study in 2012 research it

    1. Hi Thanks for stopping by. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the deadly Ebola virus is not an airborne disease as many perceive it to be. According to Dr. Magda Robalo, a WHO Representative, Ebola does not spread through coughing and sneezing but only by coming into contact with body fluids of persons suffering from the viral disease. This was stated 2days ago.

    2. When people sneeze and/or cough often there are bodily fluids present.


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