Doc­tor re­veals Euro­pean ci­ties at risk of Ebola virus af­ter sus­pected case

Iran Daily - - Health -

Ebola is a deadly virus in­fec­tion that orig­i­nated in Africa, and was re­spon­si­ble for a large out­break in 2014. The Euro­pean ci­ties most at risk of Ebola symp­toms have been re­vealed, af­ter news of an out­break scare in Swe­den. Is the UK at risk of Ebola?

Ebola is a vi­ral dis­ease that can be fa­tal if left un­treated, and can be trans­mit­ted by in­fected an­i­mals, said the NHS, ex­ wrote.

Fruit bats are be­lieved to be the orig­i­nal hosts of the Ebola virus, which were in­tro­duced to hu­mans through close con­tact.

Com­mon Ebola symp­toms in­clude a very high fever, fa­tigue, mus­cle pain and headaches. Left un­treated, it can lead to im­paired liver func­tion, bleed­ing, and di­ar­rhoea.

Af­ter a man in Swe­den was be­ing tested for the Ebola virus last week, the Euro­pean ci­ties most at risk of an Ebola out­break have been re­vealed.

That’s be­cause of their close links with the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo (DRC).

DRC is in the mid­dle of a five month-long out­break of Ebola, that’s caused more than 360 deaths.

But, the risk to the UK is cur­rently very small, and there isn’t any need for spe­cific health mea­sures, he said.

“There is a small risk that the Ebola out­break in DRC might spread to Europe via in­fected pas­sen­gers,” Woo said.

“With their close links with DRC, the Euro­pean cap­i­tals most likely to re­port a case would be Brus­sels and Paris.

“If there were to be a re­ported case in ei­ther city, Ebola sur­veil­lance would be stepped up in UK.

“Mean­while, the evolv­ing Ebola out­break needs to be closely mon­i­tored, but there is no need for any spe­cific health mea­sures to be taken in UK at the present time.”

Swedish health of­fi­cials have re­vealed tests on the sus­pected Ebola pa­tient came back neg­a­tive, and the man does not have the deadly virus.

He had been taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter dis­play­ing po­ten­tial Ebola symp­toms, in­clud­ing vom­it­ing blood.

Mean­while, the Ebola out­break in DRC is the tenth since 1976, but the first time it’s spread as far north­east, said Woo.

If you think you have the Ebola virus, you should call NHS 111 or con­tact your GP as soon as pos­si­ble, said the NHS.

It’s very un­likely that you have Ebola, but it could be caused by an­other se­ri­ous con­di­tion, in­clud­ing cholera or malaria - es­pe­cially if you’ve been trav­el­ling.

The virus is spread by directly touch­ing the body of some­one with the in­fec­tion who has symp­toms.

If you do travel to an area that’s been re­ported to have the Ebola virus, you should reg­u­larly wash your hands to avoid in­fec­tion.

Sim­i­larly, wash fruit and veg­eta­bles thor­oughly be­fore eat­ing them, and avoid han­dling dead an­i­mals or their raw meat.


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