Ebola

BACKGROUND

Ebola is a serious and often deadly disease. Symptoms include high fever and bleeding through body openings.
Ebola is very infectious, kills in a short time BUT can be prevented through early treatment with trained health professionals.

What are the signs and symptoms of Ebola?
  1. Sudden onset of fever
  2. Intense body weakness
  3. Muscle pain
  4. Sore throat
  5. Vomitingk
  6. Bloody diarrhoea or urine
  7. Bleeding from body openings


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How does Ebola spread?

Ebola is spread through direct physical contact with body fluids like blood, saliva, stool, vomit, urine and sweat of an infected person or animal.

Ebola can also be spread through using skin piercing instruments that have been used by a person infected with Ebola.

Ebola can also be transmitted through by touching people or animals that have died from Ebola.

Who is at risk?

Everyone is at risk. However, severe symptoms and death appear more frequently among older people. People with underlying health conditions such as lung or heart diseases, renal failure or weak immune systems are noted to be at a higher risk of infection.

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