Health News of 2014-08-14

Prevention facts about Ebola

Admittedly, Ebola hemorrhagic fever (to give it its proper name) is very scary indeed: It has a death rate of up to 90 per cent, and it does horrible things to the human body and the myths that have come up since its discovery are scarier than the disease.

These are three prevention facts about the disease.

• Wear protective gear before you touch sick people who show symptoms of Ebola including fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches and sometimes heavy bleeding.

• Do not touch the dead bodies of suspected or confirmed Ebola patients.

• Wash your hands with soap and running water regularly.

Busting the myths about Ebola is crucial to stop the transmission of the disease.

Myths and rumours can be very harmful. The fight against Ebola will only be won if the fight against myths and misconceptions is won first.

Such myths and rumours are hindering health workers from doing their jobs and causing unnecessary panic and paranoia among the populace. Here is the truth about some of the most common misconceptions about the Ebola virus:

Myth: Bathing with warm salty water will prevent or cure Ebola?

Truth: Salty water has not been proven to have any beneficial effect in preventing the Ebola virus from spreading. Experts even warn that it may harm the skin or increase the risk of infection as well as increase the risk of hypertension.

Myth: Eating bitter kola hinders or kills the Ebola virus in the body.

Truth: While there are health benefits in eating bitter kola, there is no scientific evidence linking it with the cure or prevention of Ebola infection in humans – the only known test was the one carried out in a test-tube and not in animals or humans.

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