EBOLA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...
Ebola is a rare contagious and lifethreatening disease that causes the immune system to go into overdrive, which can lead to severe bleeding, organ failure and death. It kills 25-90% of those infected.
It is spread by exposure to blood or body fluids of infected symptomatic people, or by touching contaminated medical or protective equipment. A person is only contagious after they start feeling symptoms of the virus.
Early symptoms can appear from two to 21 days after infection. These include headaches, fever, tiredness, a sore throat and body chills. As the disease progresses, other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rash and bleeding internally and externally.
Treatment involves keeping hydrated, blood transfusions and treating symptoms as they present themselves. There is no vaccine yet and the best way to guard against infection is to avoid areas that are experiencing outbreaks. Msf.org; Decidetodonate.co.za